Rally Sweden The story

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Closer to Rally Sweden

It is the biggest annually recurring event in Sweden, with around 200,000 spectators over four days and almost 100 million TV viewers worldwide!

The races are decided in Karlstad and northern Värmland province, and since a few years ago some of the driving takes place across the Norwegian border. The event has been held since 1950 and has been a winter rally since 1965. Rally Sweden is known as a winter festival, where spectators can get right up close to the races, cars and drivers – Closer to Rally.

  • 2017
    2017

    2017

    One of the fastest Rally Sweden – ever! With his fourth win Jari-Matti take place as one of the legendary Rally Sweden winners. And Toyota shows they are back in WRC to win.

    Winner: Jari-Matti Latvala, Toyota Yaris WRC

  • 2016
    2016

    2016

    Hard weather conditions shorted the rally and made the competitions even more kittle. But Sébastien Ogier showed once again why he’s the champion.

    Winner: Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen

  • 2015
    2015

    2015

    Most thrilling race in 45 years – less than five seconds separated the three first before the last stage!

    Winner: Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen

  • 2014
    2014

    2014

    Ice and snow specialist’s third Rally Sweden victory.

    Winner: Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen

  • 2013
    2013

    2013

    Volkswagen put their all into the WRC. A 100% investment that to date has given 100% payback.

    Winner: Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen

  • 2012

    2012

    Winner: Jari-Matti Latvala, Ford

  • 2011
    2011

    2011

    Extreme sportsman and megastar Ken Block, who otherwise drives the American equivalent, makes a guest appearance at the WRC in 2011. And of course he wins the Colin’s Crest Award with the longest jump of the year, 37 metres.

    Winner: Mikko Hirvonen, Ford

  • 2010

    2010

    Winner: Mikko Hirvonen, Ford

  • 2009

    2009

    Rally Sweden was not part of the WRC.

  • 2008

    2008

    Winner: Jari-Matti Latvala, Ford

  • 2007

    2007

    Winner: Marcus Grönholm, Ford

  • 2006

    2006

    Winner: Marcus Grönholm, Ford

  • 2005
    2005

    2005

    Winner: Petter Solberg, Subaru

  • 2004
    2004

    2004

    The Nordic domination is broken for the first time by Sébastien Loeb, who also begins his amazing run of nine consecutive WRC titles! The other non-Nordic winner at Rally Sweden is also called Sébastien and is also French – Sébastien Ogier, 2013.

    Winner: Sebastien Loeb, Citroën Xsara

  • 2003

    2003

    Winner: Marcus Grönholm, Peugeot 206 WRC

  • 2002

    2002

    Winner: Marcus Grönholm, Peugeot 206 WRC

  • 2001

    2001

    Winner: Harri Rovanperä, Peugeot 206 WRC

  • 2000
    2000

    2000

    Marcus Grönholm wins in his Peugeot 206 WRC, the first of five victories in Rally Sweden. He also becomes World Champion for the first time. Peugeot also becomes the leading manufacturer for several years.

    Winner: Marcus Grönholm, Peugeot 206 WRC

  • 1999

    1999

    Winner: Tommi Mäkinen, Mitsubishi Evo VI

  • 1998

    1998

    Winner: Tommi Mäkinen, Mitsubishi Evo V

  • 1997

    1997

    Winner: Kenneth Eriksson, Subaru WRC

  • 1996

    1996

    Winner: Tommi Mäkinen, Mitsubishi Lancer

  • 1995

    1995

    A stationary Tommi Mäkinen makes the problem of team orders visible. The bosses had decided it was team mate Kenneth Eriksson who would win. Later on, it was Mäkinen who drew the longest straw as several-time World Champion.

    Winner: Kenneth Eriksson, Mitsubishi Lancer

  • 1994

    1994

    Winner: Thomas Rådström, Toyota Celica GT4 Turbo

  • 1993

    1993

    Winner: Mats Jonsson, Toyota Celica GT4 Turbo

  • 1992
    1992

    1992

    Winner: Mats Jonsson, Toyota Celica GT4

  • 1991
    1991

    1991

    Winner: Kenneth Eriksson, Mitsubishi

  • 1990

    1990

    Tävlingen inställd pga vädret.

  • 1989

    1989

    Winner: Ingvar Carlsson, Mazda 323 Turbo 4WD

  • 1988

    1988

    Winner: Markku Alén, Lancia Delta HF 4WD

  • 1987
    1987

    1987

    The advent of the Japanese. Markku Alén wins in a Mazda 323. A foretaste of the 1990s, which were dominated by Mitsubishi, Toyota and Subaru. 1979 Pictured: Timo Salonen.

    Winner: Timo Salonen, Mazda 323 Turbo 4WD

  • 1986

    1986

    Winner: Juha Kankkunen, Peugeot 205 Turbo16

  • 1985

    1985

    Winner: Ari Vatanen, Peugeot 205 Turbo16

  • 1984
    1984

    1984

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Audi Quattro

  • 1983

    1983

    Winner: Hannu Mikkola, Audi Quattro

  • 1982
    1982

    1982

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Audi Quattro

  • 1981
    1981

    1981

    Four-wheel drive is here to stay. Total domination by the classic of monster cars – Audi Quattro, or the Ur-Quattro as it’s also known. Team mates Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola took every other victory.

    Winner: Hannu Mikkola, Audi Quattro

  • 1980

    1980

    Winner: Anders Kulläng, Opel Ascona 400

  • 1979

    1979

    The first turbo victory, Stig Blomqvist winning in his Saab 99 Turbo.

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Saab 99 Turbo

  • 1978

    1978

    Winner: Björn Waldegård, Ford Escort RS 1800

  • 1977

    1977

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Saab 99 EMS

  • 1976
    1976

    1976

    Winner: Per Eklund, Saab V4

  • 1975

    1975

    Winner: Björn Waldegård, Lancia Stratos

  • 1974

    1974

    Since the start in 1950, the rally has only been cancelled three times. The first time was in 1974 due to the oil crisis. The weather put an end to it one year, 1990. And in 2009, the rally had to cede its WRC status to Norway.

  • 1973
    1973

    1973

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Saab V4

  • 1972

    1972

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Saab V4

  • 1971
    1971

    1971

    Winner: Stig Blomqvist, Saab V4

  • 1970

    1970

    Winner: Björn Waldegård, Porsche 911 L

  • 1969

    1969

    Winner: Björn Waldegård, Porsche 911 L

  • 1968
    1968

    1968

    Since his successful debut in 1965 his career has rocketed, and Björn Waldegård wins the first of his five Rally Sweden titles.

    Winner: Björn Waldegård, Porsche 911 T

  • 1967

    1967

    Winner: Bengt Söderström, Ford Cortina Lotus

  • 1966
    1966

    1966

    Winner: Åke Andersson, Saab Sport

  • 1965
    1965

    1965

    The Midnight Sun Rally, a summer event since 1950, changes both its name and its season, and Rally Sweden becomes a winter event. The first winner is Tom Trana in his Volvo PV 544, which wins a double as he also took the victory in the final summer event of 1964.

    Winner: Tom Trana, Volvo PV 544

  • 1964
    1964

    1964

    Winner: Tom Trana, Volvo

  • 1963

    1963

    Winner: Berndt Jansson, Porsche

  • 1962
    1962

    1962

    Winner: Bengt Söderström, BMC

  • 1961

    1961

    Winner: Carl-Magnus Skogh, Saab

  • 1960

    1960

    Winner: Carl-Magnus Skogh, Saab

  • 1959
    1959

    1959

    Winner: Erik Carlsson, Saab

  • 1958

    1958

    Winner: Gunnar Andersson, Volvo

  • 1957

    1957

    Winner: Ture Jansson, Volvo

  • 1956

    1956

    Winner: Harry Bengtsson, Volkswagen

  • 1955

    1955

    Winner: Allan Borgefors, Porsche

  • 1954

    1954

    Winner: Carl-Gunnar Hammarlund, Porsche

  • 1953

    1953

    Winner: Sture Nottorp, Porsche

  • 1952

    1952

    Winner: Grus-Olle Persson, Porsche

  • 1951

    1951

    Winner: Gunnar Bengtsson, Talbot-Lago

  • 1950

    1950

    Winner: Per-Fredrik Cederbaum, BMW

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