Stig Blomqvist

Stig_Blomqvist

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

INTRODUCTION

Stig Lennart Blomqvist (born 29 July 1946 in Örebro) 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.

GROUP B RESULTS

(# = 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

BIO (~1986)

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. 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 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 99EMS) 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 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.

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. 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. In the British Rally Championship, he captured the title by winning four of the six events.

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. 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. In the last Group B season in 1986, Blomqvist competed for Ford in an RS200 and for Peugeot in a 205 T16 E2, recording his only podium at the Rally Argentina.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stig_Blomqvist


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