Stig Blomqvist

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Stig Blomqvist
Stig Blomqvist 2012 001.jpg
Stig Blomqvist in 2012
Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born (1946-07-29) 29 July 1946 (age 72)
Örebro, Sweden
World Rally Championship record
Active years 19732006
Co-driver Sweden Hans Sylvan
Sweden Björn Cederberg
Sweden Bruno Berglund
Sweden Benny Melander
Venezuela Ana Goñi
Teams Saab, Talbot, Audi, Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Nissan, Škoda
Rallies 122
Championships 1 (1984)
Rally wins 11
Podiums 33
Stage wins 486
Total points 573
First rally 1973 Swedish Rally
First win 1973 Swedish Rally
Last win 1984 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire
Last rally 2006 Swedish Rally

Stig Lennart Blomqvist (born 29 July 1946) is a Swedish rally driver. He made his international breakthrough in 1971. Driving an Audi Quattro for the Audi factory team, Blomqvist won the World Rally Championship drivers' title in 1984 and finished runner-up in 1985. He won his home event, the Swedish Rally, seven times.

Outside the WRC, he won the British Rally Championship in 1983 and the Swedish Rally Championship several times. At the Race of Champions, Blomqvist took the title "Champion of Champions" in 1989 and 1990.

Career[edit]

Stig Blomqvist acquired his driving licence at the age of 18, and immediately took second place in a 1964 local rally event near the Swedish town of Karlstad, behind the wheel of a Saab 96. After his education as a driving instructor, together with later teammate Per Eklund at the Kvinnersta Folkhögskola outside of Örebro, he proceeded to drive with the Saab team, and achieved his first international victories in 1971; first winning the Swedish Rally, then the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland and the RAC Rally in Great Britain. These performances helped Saab gain second place behind Alpine-Renault in the International Championship for Manufacturers, the predecessor to the World Rally Championship.

Blomqvist in the Saab 99 Turbo (Hunsrück-Rallye 1980)

Blomqvist went on to win the Swedish Rally again in 1972 (Saab 96 V4), 1973 (Saab 96 V4), which marked his first WRC event and win, 1977 (Saab 99 EMS) and 1979 (Saab 99 Turbo).[1] Outside the WRC, he won the 1973 Cyprus Rally, the 1976 Boucles de Spa and the Swedish Rally Championship several times. His long-time association with Saab ended when the Saab Sport department hung up their spurs in 1981. Driving a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus in 1981, Blomqvist finished eighth in the 1000 Lakes and third at the RAC.[1]

Blomqvist driving a Quattro at the 2007 Race of Champions

For the 1982 season, Audi Sport, Audi's factory team, signed Blomqvist to drive the Quattro in a few events alongside Hannu Mikkola and Michèle Mouton. He won the Swedish Rally, finished second in the 1000 Lakes and then took his first WRC victory outside his home country by winning the Rallye Sanremo.[1] Audi then signed Blomqvist as their third regular driver for the following season. Blomqvist scored seven podiums, including a win in the season-ending RAC Rally, and finished fourth in the drivers' world championship.[1] In the British Rally Championship, he captured the title by winning four of the six events.

An ex-Blomqvist Ford RS200

In the 1984 season, Blomqvist drove the Quattro A2 and the Sport Quattro evolutions to five victories, and finished second at the Monte Carlo Rally.[1] Beating Mikkola to the title, he became the second Swedish world rally champion after Björn Waldegård. His first place in the Rallye Côte d'Ivoire would remain his career-last victory in the WRC. The 1985 season saw him finish runner-up to Timo Salonen of the new Peugeot Talbot Sport team headed by Jean Todt. His best result was second; at the Swedish Rally, the 1000 Lakes and the Acropolis Rally.[1] In the last Group B season in 1986, Blomqvist competed for Ford in an RS200 and for Peugeot in a 205 Turbo 16 E2, recording his only podium at the Rally Argentina.[1]

During the first two Group A years, Blomqvist continued with Ford and drove a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, finishing on the podium three times.[1] He also drove for Volkswagen Motorsport and finished third in a Golf Mk 2 16V on the 1989 Safari Rally.The 1990 WRC season was the series' first without Blomqvist in action. In 1991 and 1992, he drove a Nissan Sunny GTI-R for Nissan Motorsports Europe, Nissan's factory team. At the 1992 Swedish Rally, Blomqvist took third place, which would remain his last podium spot in the WRC.[1]

Later in the 1990s, he used his experience of two-wheel drive cars and helped Škoda Motorsport to develop the Škoda Felicia Kit Car. During a guest appearance at the 1996 RAC Rally, when the event was not on the WRC schedule, the 50-year-old veteran finished third overall with the car.[1] That same year, he finished seventh in the Safari Rally in a Ford Escort RS Cosworth. This would remain his last points-finish in the World Rally Championship.[1]

After only three events in four years, Blomqvist returned to the role of a regular WRC competitor. Together with co-driver Ana Goñi, he drove a Group N category David Sutton Cars Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 in twelve events in 2001, finishing fifth overall in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC).[1] In 2003, he finished third in the PWRC championship in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI.[1] In his last world rally, the 2006 Swedish Rally, Blomqvist drove the Impreza to 24th place overall and was fourth fastest in Group N.[2]

In September 2008, Blomqvist took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. He was one of a number of ex-world champions to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007. He was co-driven by Goñi in a Ford Escort RS1600.

He has lived in the UK for many years, based in Saffron Walden, Essex. His son, Tom Blomqvist, has followed in his motorsports footsteps, becoming the youngest ever Formula Renault UK champion in 2010, at the age of 16[3][4] and as of 2016 drives for BMW Team RBM in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.[5]

WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Sweden Swedish Rally 1973 Arne Hertz Saab 96 V4
2 Sweden Swedish Rally 1977 Hans Sylvan Saab 99 EMS
3 Sweden Swedish Rally 1979 Björn Cederberg Saab 99 Turbo
4 Sweden Swedish Rally 1982 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro
5 Italy Rallye Sanremo 1982 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro
6 United Kingdom RAC Rally 1983 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
7 Sweden Swedish Rally 1984 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
8 Greece Acropolis Rally 1984 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
9 New Zealand Rally of New Zealand 1984 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
10 Argentina Rally Argentina 1984 Björn Cederberg Audi Quattro A2
11 Ivory Coast Rallye Côte d'Ivoire 1984 Björn Cederberg Audi Sport Quattro

Racing record[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1973 Saab Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
1
POR KEN MOR GRE POL FIN
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA USA GBR
Ret
FRA
1974 Saab Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
C
POR KEN GRE FIN
4
ITA CAN USA GBR
2
FRA
1975 Saab Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
2
KEN GRE MOR POR FIN
Ret
ITA FRA GBR
Ret
1976 Saab Scania Saab 96 V4 MON SWE
2
Saab 99 EMS POR KEN GRE MOR FIN
Ret
ITA FRA GBR
2
1977 Saab Scania Saab 99 EMS MON SWE
1
POR KEN NZL GRE FIN
Ret
CAN ITA FRA GBR
Ret
1978 Stig Blomqvist Lancia Stratos HF MON SWE
4
Saab Scania Saab 99 EMS KEN POR GRE FIN CAN
Ret
ITA CIV FRA
Saab 99 Turbo GBR
Ret
1979 Saab Scania Saab 99 Turbo MON
5
SWE
1
POR KEN GRE NZL FIN CAN ITA FRA GBR
Ret
CIV 10th 20
1980 Saab Scania Saab 99 Turbo MON SWE
2
POR KEN GRC ARG FIN NZL ITA FRA GBR
Ret
CIV 16th 15
1981 Saab Scania Saab 99 Turbo MON SWE
5
16th 15
Team Talbot Sweden Talbot Sunbeam Lotus POR KEN FRA GRC ARG BRA FIN
8
ITA CIV GBR
3
1982 Audi Sport Sweden Audi Quattro MON SWE
1
POR KEN FRA GRC NZL BRA FIN
2
ITA
1
CIV GBR
8
4th 58
1983 Audi Sport Audi Quattro A1 MON
4
POR
Ret
4th 89
Audi 80 Quattro SWE
2
Audi Quattro A2 KEN FRA GRC
3
NZL
EX
ARG
2
BRA FIN
2
ITA
Ret
CIV GBR
1
1984 Audi Sport Audi Quattro A2 MON
2
SWE
1
POR
Ret
KEN
Ret
FRA
5
GRE
1
NZL
1
ARG
1
FIN
4
1st 125
Audi Quattro Sport ITA
Ret
CIV
1
GBR
1985 Audi Sport Audi Quattro Sport MON
4
SWE
2
POR
4
KEN
Ret
FRA GRC
2
NZL
4
2nd 75
Audi Quattro Sport S1 E2 ARG
Ret
FIN
Ret
ITA CIV GBR
1986 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford RS200 MON SWE
Ret
POR
WD
KEN FRA GRE
Ret
NZL CIV ITA GBR
Ret
USA 18nd 12
Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 205 T16 E2 ARG
3
FIN
4
1987 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Sierra XR 4x4 MON
EX
SWE
6
POR 8th 32
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth KEN
Ret
FRA
WD
GRE USA NZL
Ret
ARG FIN
3
CIV ITA GBR
2
1988 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Sierra XR 4x4 MON SWE
2
30th 10
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth POR
5
KEN FRA GRC USA NZL ARG FIN
5
CIV ITA
7
GBR
6
1989 Team VAG Sweden Audi 200 Sport Quattro SWE
4
MON POR 27th 12
Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk2 16V POR KEN
3
FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV GBR
1991 Nissan Motorsports Europe Nissan Sunny GTI-R MON SWE POR KEN
5
FRA GRE
Ret
NZL ARG FIN
8
AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
Ret
24th 11
1992 Nissan Motorsports Europe Nissan Sunny GTI-R MON SWE
3
POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN
Ret
AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
Ret
21st 10
1993 Opel Team Sweden Opel Calibra Turbo 4x4 MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA ESP N/A 0
1994 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON POR KEN FRA GRC ARG NZL FIN ITA GBR
4
15th 10
1995 Trigard Team Škoda Škoda Felicia Kit Car MON SWE POR FRA AUS ESP GBR
21
21st 4
1996 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Escort RS Cosworth SWE
8
KEN
7
IDN GRC ARG FIN 18th 7
Trigard Team Škoda Škoda Felicia Kit Car AUS
Ret
ITA ESP
1997 Ford Motor Co Ford Escort WRC MON SWE
10
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRC NZL FIN IDN ITA AUS GBR N/A 0
1999 Ford Motor Co Ltd. Ford Puma Kit Car MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRC NZL FIN CHN ITA AUS GBR N/A 0
2000 Stig Blomqvist Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE KEN POR ESP ARG GRC NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR
Ret
N/A 0
2001 David Sutton Cars Ltd Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE
16
POR
Ret
ESP
23
ARG
Ret
CYP
Ret
GRC
Ret
KEN
Ret
NZL
21
ITA
30
FRA AUS
23
GBR
16
N/A 0
Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC Evo2 FIN
22
2002 Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia WRC Evo2 MON SWE
15
FRA ESP
Ret
CYP ARG GRC
17
KEN FIN GER ITA N/A 0
Stig Blomqvist Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII NZL
17
AUS
19
GBR
22
2003 David Sutton Cars Ltd Subaru Impreza STi N8 MON
3
SWE
26
N/A 0
Subaru Impreza WRX STi TUR NZL
24
ARG GRC CYP
11
GER
29
FIN AUS
19
ITA FRA
20
ESP GBR
2004 David Sutton Cars Ltd Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
14
MEX NZL CYP GRC
21
TUR ARG FIN GER JPN GBR ITA FRA ESP AUS N/A 0
2005 Stig Blomqvist Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
20
MEX NZL ITA CYP TUR GRC ARG FIN GER GBR JPN FRA ESP AUS N/A 0
2006 Stig Blomqvist Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
24
MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE GER FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR N/A 0

Complete FIA European Rallycross Cup results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ERC Points
1976 Saab Saab 96 V4 Turbo AUT1
GER1
FIN
SWE
10
BEL
AUT2
NED
GBR1
GER2
GBR2
37th 1
1978 Saab Saab 99 Turbo AUT
ITA
SWE
4
FIN
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
36th 10

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Touringcar Division[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ERX Points
1979 Saab Saab 99 Turbo AUT
ITA
FIN
SWE
FRA
BEL
NED
6
GBR
GER
18th 6
1981 Saab Saab 99 Turbo AUT
SWE
9
FIN
DEN
BEL
NED
FRA
NOR
GBR
GER
32nd 2

Division 2[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERX Points
1989 Stig Blomqvist Ford RS200 E2 SPA
AUT
SWE
7
FIN
3
IRE
FRA
BEL
3
NED
3
NOR
GBR
GER
11th 55
1994 Stig Blomqvist Ford Escort RS Cosworth AUT
POR
FRA
IRE
GBR
SWE
FIN
BEL
NED
NOR
5
GER
21st 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Stig Blomqvist". RallyBase. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "55th Uddeholm Swedish Rally". RallyBase. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Åhman, Michael (2009-01-20). "Han är "The Stig"!". Auto, Motor & Sport. Archived from the original on 2010-09-04. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  4. ^ Åhman, Michael (2009-01-20). "Han är "The Stig"!". Auto, Motor & Sport. Archived from the original on 2010-09-04. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Porträt BMW Team RBM". Sportschau. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michèle Mouton
Autosport
International Rally Driver Award

1983
Succeeded by
Ari Vatanen
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hannu Mikkola
World Rally Champion
1984
Succeeded by
Timo Salonen
Preceded by
Juha Kankkunen
Race of Champions
Champion of Champions

1989–1990
Succeeded by
Juha Kankkunen
Preceded by
Flavio Alonso
Race of Champions
Rally Master

1993
Succeeded by
Timo Salonen
Records
Preceded by
Jean-Claude Andruet
30 years, 169 days
(1973 Monte Carlo Rally)
Youngest Rally
Winner

26 years, 203 days
(1973 Swedish Rally)
Succeeded by
Markku Alén
24 years, 156 days
(1975 Rallye de Portugal)