Stig Blomqvist

INTRODUCTION

Stig Lennart Blomqvist is a rallying legend most remembered for his exploits during the Group B era of the World Rally Championship (WRC). He made his international breakthrough in 1971 by winning 9 out of the 11 rally events he entered while driving a Saab 96 V4. Blomqvist later won the WRC drivers’ title in 1984 and finished runner-up in 1985 driving an Audi quattro for the Audi factory team. 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.


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PERSONAL SUMMARY (WRC)

Personal information
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Born 29 July 1946
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1973~2006
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

RALLY BIOGRAPHY

EARLY CAREER

In 1964, Stig Blomqvist acquired his driving licence at the age of 18. Not long after he took second place in a local rally event near the Swedish town of Karlstad while behind the wheel of a Saab 96. After his education as a driving instructor, along with later teammate Per Eklund, 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 good performances helped Saab gain second place behind Alpine-Renault in the International Championship for Manufacturers, the predecessor to the World Rally Championship.

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 1980 Boucles de Spa

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). 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 ended operations in 1981. Stig’s year was completed behind the wheel of a Group 4 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus,  finishing eighth in the 1000 Lakes and third at the RAC events.

AUDI SPORT (1982~1985)

For the 1982 season, Audi Sport, Audi’s factory team, signed Stig Blomqvist to drive the four wheel drive quattro A1 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 of his home country by winning the Rallye Sanremo.

With these good results, Audi then signed Blomqvist as their official third seeded driver for 1983. Driving the quattro A1/A2, he scored seven podiums including a win in the season-ending RAC Rally, ultimately finishing fourth in the WRC’s drivers championship. Stig did however capture the British Rally Championship title by winning four out of the six events, again in Audi’s quattro.

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 1984 Sweden

In the 1984 season, even though the new Sport quattro S1 was much more powerful and technically advanced than the previous car, it was generally not well received by the Audi drivers; Michèle Mouton and Stig Blomqvist in particular had trouble adapting to the new shorter quattro’s features which demanded a driving style not quite compatible with their own.

In fact, Blomqvist would shun the S1 while he and Hannu Mikkola raked up points with the “long wheelbase” quattro A2. Blomqvist would win the 1984 driver championship with Mikkola finishing second, easily ahead of their competitors. With this title, Blomqvist became the second Swedish world rally champion after Björn Waldegård. Blomqvist’s victory in the 1984 Rallye Côte d’Ivoire would ultimately remain his career’s last victory in the WRC.

Stig Blomqvist – 1984 Sanremo

That year, Audi would also get the manufacturer championship back from Lancia. However, for Audi, even though the A2 netted them more consistent results, it was decided to exclusively field the Sport quattro S1 from 1985 and on. This left Blomqvist in a souring disposition with the German team and, before the end of the season, he had already signed up with Peugeot for the following year. That move infamously led Audi to put him on the sidelines for the rest of the 1985 season. Hence this saw Stig finish runner-up to Peugeot’s Timo Salonen.

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 1986 Sweden

In the last Group B WRC season in 1986, Blomqvist competed for Ford in an RS200 and made two events for Peugeot in a 205 Turbo 16 E2, recording his only podium at the Rally Argentina – finishing third. This would make Blomqvist as the only driver to be seeded in four different works supercars during the era. Stig stated years later that his perfect Group B car would have been a “long wheelbase” A2 quattro but with the S1 E2’s very much improved and brutal mechanical components.

POST GROUP B

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 1988 Hunsrück Rallye

After the infamous Group B ban, Blomqvist continued in Group A with Ford by driving a Sierra RS Cosworth, finishing on the podium three times. He also drove for Volkswagen Motorsport and finished third in a Golf GTI Mk2 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.

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 1991 Acropolis

Later in the 1990s, Blomqvist used his experience of two-wheel drive cars and helped Škoda Motorsport to develop the Škoda Felicia F2 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. That same year, Stig finished seventh in the Safari Rally in a Ford Escort RS Cosworth. This would remain his last points-finish in the World Rally Championship.

Blomqvist eventually 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). In 2003, he finished third in the PWRC championship in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Stig Blomqvist – 2004 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb

In 2004, Blomqvist was invited to drive a specially-prepared Ford RS200E in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where he would claim overall victory. In 2005, Blomqvist further tried his hands at rallying in the United States, finishing in second place in the Rally America Championship despite scoring two wins and four other podiums at the wheel of a Group N Subaru.

In his last WRC appearance, the 2006 Swedish Rally, Blomqvist drove the Impreza to 24th place overall and was fourth fastest in Group N.

(C) eWRC-results.com / Stig Blomqvist – 2003 Tour de Corse

Since 2007, Stig Blomqvist remains an occasional yet  regular appearance in historic / classic rally events around Europe and Africa.

PARTIAL SOURCE: Wikipedia

(possibly spell-checked, translated, and/or edited; abridged, corrected, and/or expanded)


GROUP B RESULTS (WRC)

(# = finish position / R = retired or DNF / = did not compete)

Y TEAM EVENT PTS
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Brazil
BR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
82 Audi /

Peugeot

1 2 1 8 58
Y Team Event pts
Monaco
MC
Sweden
SE
Portugal
PT
Kenya
KE
France
FR
Greece
GR
New Zealand
NZ
Argentina
AR
Finland
FI
Italy
IT
Ivory Coast
CI
United Kingdom
GB
83 Audi 3 2 R 3 R 2 2 R 1 89
84 Audi 2 1 R R 5 1 1 1 4 R 1 125
85 Audi 4 2 4 R 2 4 R 2 75
86 Ford / Peugeot R R R 3 4 R United States
US-
86 pts 22

WRC VICTORIES

 # 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

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

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)

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