Tommy Rustad

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Tommy Rustad
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Rustad with his 2015 ERX trophy
Nationality Norway Norwegian
Born (1968-09-03) 3 September 1968 (age 47)
Oslo, Norway
FIA European Rallycross Championship career
Debut season 1989
Current team Albatec-HTB Racing
Car no. 24
Former teams HTB Racing-Marklund Motorsport
HTB Racing
Starts 35
Wins 4
Podiums 14
Best finish 1st in 2015 (Supercar)
FIA World Rallycross Championship
Years active 20142015
Former teams Münnich Motorsport
HTB Racing-Marklund Motorsport
HTB Racing
Starts 8
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Best finish 18th in 2015 (Supercar)

Tommy Rustad (born 3 September 1968 in Oslo) is a Norwegian auto racing driver. He currently drives in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and occasionally in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Tommy is the son of former well known Norwegian racer Ola Rustad.

Racing career[edit]

Early Rallycross Years[edit]

Rustad started his motor sport career in karting before racing in the Norwegian Rallycross Championship, winning the so-called Supernasjonal title for six years in a row between 1987 and 1992. On 14 June 1992 he claimed overall victory in the Irish round of the European Rallycross Championship at Mondello Park, racing one of the two 650bhp strong Ford RS200 Group B cars of his compatriot and mentor Martin Schanche.

Single Seaters[edit]

In 1993 he switched to circuit racing, becoming the Swedish Formula Opel Champion in his first year. He drove in the Formula Opel Euroseries in 1994, finishing fifth in points, and finished sixth in the 1995 Eurocup Formula Renault. In 1996 he was in the Italian Formula Three Championship finishing ninth, and the Renault Spider Eurocup, finishing second in his first year, and was champion in 1997.

BTCC[edit]

In 1998 Rustad got a drive in the British Touring Car Championship. He drove a Renault Laguna for the DC Cook Motorsport team in the Michelin Independents Cup, despite getting some backing from the Renault works team. With five class wins throughout the seasons, he was crowned independent champion. A sixteenth place overall finish saw him one place ahead of works Peugeot driver Tim Harvey.

STCC[edit]

Rustad driving a Volvo C30 at Falkenbergs Motorbana.

Since his drive in the BTCC, he has spent most of his career driving in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. He was champion in both the STCC and the Norwegian Touring Car Championship in 2000, driving a works Nissan Primera. After this he spent a couple of seasons racing in the European Touring Car Championship, before returning to Sweden in 2003 in an Opel Astra. After another rallycross year he returned to the STCC Opel Team in 2007. 2008 had him drive a works Volvo C30 powered by bio-ethanol for Polestar Racing. He went on to win the championship for the second time in 2009 for Polestar.

WTCC[edit]

Rustad became the first Norwegian to drive in the World Touring Car Championship when his Polestar Racing team entered rounds 15 and 16 of the 2009 season at Brands Hatch. Rustad retired from both races.

Rallycross[edit]

In 2006 Rustad went back to rallycross for one year, forming a team with his compatriot Sverre Isachsen for to compete in the FIA European Championships for Rallycross Drivers where he eventually finished third overall with a Ford Focus T16 4x4. After his retirement from tarmac racing Rustad took the decision to return full-time to rallycross in 2013, driving a Volvo S40 Mk1 in all the rounds of the Norwegian Rallycross Championship for SuperNational cars with an engine capacity of over 2000cc. He was also seen in the two Scandinavian rounds (Norway and Sweden) of the 2013 European Rallycross Championship, driving a rented Volvo C30 SuperCar. In 2014 he participated in six of the twelve rounds of the inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship, again racing a Volvo C30 SuperCar, but with little success. However, while finishing 27th of the final WorldRX standings only his sixth place overall in the EuroRX series was a much better result. For 2015 he was entrusted by his sponsor with a competitive VW Polo Mk5 SuperCar of the Volkswagen Team Marklund Motorsport, which he used successfully to claim his first European Rallycross title. Of the five rounds counting towards the EuroRX series Rustad won three, beating his strongest competitor Jérôme Grosset-Janin from France to second place.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Pos Pts
1998 DC Cook Motorsport Renault Laguna THR
1

16
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

15
SIL
2

13
DON
1

17
DON
2

12
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

14*
OUL
1

13
OUL
2

12
DON
1

12
DON
2

8
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

Ret
SNE
1

17
SNE
2

12
THR
1

14
THR
2

Ret
KNO
1

13
KNO
2

8
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

13
OUL
1

12
OUL
2

8
16th 12
Blend 37 Williams Renault SIL
1

11
SIL
2

9

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2002 RJN Motorsport Nissan Primera MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

10
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

Ret
BRN
1

11
BRN
2

15†
JAR
1

DNS
JAR
2

10
AND
1

14
AND
2

Ret
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

10
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

Ret
PER
1

16
PER
2

15
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
EST
1

5
EST
2

10
15th 2

† — Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2009 Volvo Olsbergs Green Racing Volvo C30 BRA
1
BRA
2
MEX
1
MEX
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
FRA
1
FRA
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
CZE
1
CZE
2
POR
1
POR
2
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1
GER
2
ITA
1
ITA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC† 0†

† – Not eligible for points, as a guest driver.

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Supercar[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WRX Points
2014 HTB Racing Volvo C30 POR
GBR
21
NOR
16
FIN
SWE
18
BEL
23
CAN
FRA
GER
9
ITA
14
TUR
ARG
27th 14
2015 HTB Racing-Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
GER
SWE
12
18th 24
All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport Audi S3 CAN
4
NOR
FRA
BAR
TUR
ITA
ARG

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results[edit]

Division 2*[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERX Points
1989 Tommy Rustad Volvo 240 ESP
AUT
SWE
FIN
IRE
FRA
BEL
NED
NOR
13
GBR
GER
44th 4
1990 Tommy Rustad Volvo 240 AUT
SWE
FIN
IRE
FRA
BEL
NED
NOR
14
GER
GBR
41st 3
1991 Tommy Rustad Ford RS200 E2 POR
AUT
FIN
FRA
IRE
SWE
BEL
NED
NOR
2
GBR
GER
2
13th 34
1992 Tommy Rustad Ford RS200 E2 GBR
AUT
POR
FIN
SWE
FRA
5
IRE
1
BEL
NED
NOR
2
GER
11th 49

* Division 2 was rebranded as Division 1 in 1997.

Division 1[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ERX Points
2004 Tommy Rustad Ford Focus T16 4x4 POR
FRA
CZE
AUT
NOR
6
SWE
BEL
NED
POL
GER
20th 11
2006 Tommy Rustad Ford Focus T16 4x4 POR
3
FRA
4
CZE
(9)
AUT
6
SWE
4
HUN
2
BEL
(10)
NED
2
NOR
3
POL
5
GER
3
3rd 128
2007 Tommy Rustad Citroën Xsara T16 4x4 POR
FRA
HUN
AUT
SWE
NOR
2
BEL
NED
POL
CZE
18th 17

Supercar[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ERX Points
2013 Tommy Rustad Volvo C30 GBR POR HUN FIN NOR
8 15 + 1
SWE
17
FRA AUT GER 20th 16
2014 HTB Racing Volvo C30 GBR
12
NOR
8
BEL
13
GER
6
ITA
7
6th 39
2015 HTB Racing-Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen Polo BEL
4
GER
1
NOR
1
BAR
6
ITA
1
1st 135
2016 Albatec-HTB Racing Peugeot 208 BEL
5
NOR
7
SWE
3
BAR
LAT
5th* 46*

* Season in progress.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franck Lagorce
Renault Sport Spider Elf Trophy Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Andrea Belicchi
Preceded by
Mattias Ekström
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Roberto Colciago
Preceded by
Richard Göransson
Swedish Touring Car Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Richard Göransson
Preceded by
Robin Larsson
European Rallycross Supercar Champion
2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent