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Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
(born 13 May 1956 in Äppelbo, in the kommun of Vansbro) is a now retired World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship
rally driver. He drove for several manufacturer teams, including the Subaru
Subaru
World Rally Team, Mitsubishi, Hyundai
Hyundai
and Škoda. He was the 1986 Group A
Group A
Champion in the competition's only year, his best performance, overshadowed by the fatalities that occurred in that season. His finest showing in the top-tier World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship
was third place overall for Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
in 1995. He controversially won the Swedish Rally
Swedish Rally
that year under pressure on the road from second-placed young team-mate Tommi Mäkinen, as well as winning directly ahead of the Champion-elect, Subaru
Subaru
World Rally Team's Colin McRae
Colin McRae
in Australia. He then switched to Subaru
Subaru
for the 1996 season to drive the Impreza WRC alongside McRae.[1] He excelled for them as a second points-scorer on the championship's loose-surface rounds. Conversely, Italian Piero Liatti often took on the same responsibility for asphalt rounds. By the end of the 1997 season Eriksson and regular co-driver Staffan Parmander had collected six individual World Rally victories. These included a famous win aboard the Impreza in New Zealand
New Zealand
in 1997, on which occasion he took advantage of the altercation with a sheep that befell long-time leader, Ford's Carlos Sainz. Between 1995 and 1997, he also notched up a hat-trick of Asia-Pacific rally titles.

Eriksson with a Hyundai
Hyundai
Accent WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland.

After finishing fourth on the 1998 Swedish Rally, Eriksson was released from his contract at Subaru
Subaru
in order to pursue a kit-car and latterly a World Rally Car
World Rally Car
chance with Hyundai. He was joined as factory driver of both the Hyundai
Hyundai
Coupe and eventual Hyundai
Hyundai
Accent WRC by fellow eventual one-time Subaru
Subaru
driver, Alister McRae. 6th on the 2001 Rally Great Britain
Rally Great Britain
marked his solitary points finish for the team, on his very last outing with them. He then enjoyed his final season with Škoda, in 2002, alongside female navigator Tina Thörner in the light of Parmander's retirement and with his team-mate in the sister Octavia WRC being the young Finn Toni Gardemeister. Eriksson departed the 'works' world rally scene at the end of 2002. He has since been competing in the Race to the Sky hillclimb event held in Cardrona Valley, New Zealand. He finished second in 2005, 2006 and 2007. WRC victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car

1 19ème Rallye Côte d'Ivoire 1987 Peter Diekmann Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V

2 40th International Swedish Rally 1991 Staffan Parmander Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Galant VR-4

3 44th International Swedish Rally 1995 Staffan Parmander Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution II

4 8th Telstra Rally Australia 1995 Staffan Parmander Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution III

5 46th International Swedish Rally 1997 Staffan Parmander Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRC 97

6 27th Smokefree Rally New Zealand 1997 Staffan Parmander Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRC 97

WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points

1980 Kenneth Eriksson Saab 96 V4 MON SWE 51 POR KEN GRC ARG FIN NZL ITA FRA GBR CIV

- 0

1981 Kenneth Eriksson Saab 96 V4 MON SWE 31 POR KEN FRA GRC ARG BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR

- 0

1982 Kenneth Eriksson Saab 96 V4 MON SWE 15 POR KEN FRA GRC NZL BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR

- 0

1983 Kenneth Eriksson Opel Ascona 400 MON SWE 16 POR KEN FRA GRC ARG BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR

- 0

1984 Opel Team Sweden Opel Kadett
Opel Kadett
GT/E MON SWE 7 POR KEN FRA GRC ARG BRA FIN ITA CIV

36th 4

Kenneth Eriksson Opel Kadett
Opel Kadett
GSI

GBR Ret

1985 Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 MON SWE 10 POR KEN FRA GRC NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR

68th 1

1986 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi
Volkswagen Golf GTi
16V MON 9 SWE 7 POR Ret KEN Ret FRA 8 GRC 7 NZL 7 ARG 5 FIN 12 CIV ITA 5* GBR 11 USA

10th 25

1987 Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi
Volkswagen Golf GTi
16V MON 5 SWE 8 POR 3 KEN Ret FRA Ret GRC Ret USA NZL 2 ARG 4 FIN CIV 1 ITA GBR 9

4th 70

1988 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Supra Turbo MON SWE POR KEN 4

12th 22

Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota Celica GT-Four
ST165

FRA 6 GRC Ret USA NZL ARG FIN Ret CIV ITA 6 GBR Ret

1989 Toyota Team Europe Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota Celica GT-Four
ST165 SWE 3 MON POR KEN FRA GRC Ret NZL ARG FIN 4 AUS 2 ITA CIV GBR 4

6th 47

1990 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Europe Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Galant VR-4 MON Ret POR Ret KEN FRA GRC Ret NZL ARG FIN 3 AUS Ret ITA CIV GBR 2

8th 27

1991 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Europe Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Galant VR-4 MON Ret SWE 1 POR KEN FRA GRC 7 NZL ARG FIN 3 AUS 2 ITA CIV ESP GBR 2 5th 66

1992 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Europe Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Galant VR-4 MON Ret SWE POR Ret KEN FRA GRC Ret NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR 7 41st 4

1993 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer RS MON 4 SWE POR 5 KEN FRA GRC Ret ARG NZL FIN 5 AUS ITA ESP GBR 2

6th 41

1994 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer RS MON 5 POR KEN FRA

12th 18

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo II

GRC Ret ARG NZL 4 FIN ITA GBR

1995 Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Ralliart Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo II MON SWE 1 POR FRA

3rd 48

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo III

NZL 5 AUS 1 ESP GBR Ret

1996 555 Subaru
Subaru
WRT Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
555 SWE 5 KEN 2 IDN Ret GRC 5 ARG 3 FIN 5 AUS 2 ITA 5 ESP 7

4th 78

1997 555 Subaru
Subaru
WRT Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRC'97 MON SWE 1 KEN Ret POR Ret ESP FRA ARG 3 GRC Ret NZL 1 FIN Ret IDN 3 ITA AUS Ret GBR Ret 5th 28

1998 555 Subaru
Subaru
WRT Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRC'97 MON SWE 4 KEN

14th 3

Hyundai
Hyundai
Motor Sport Hyundai
Hyundai
Coupé Kit Car

POR Ret ESP 21 FRA ARG Ret GRC Ret

Hyundai
Hyundai
Coupe Kit Car Evo2

NZL 20 FIN Ret ITA Ret AUS 22 GBR Ret

1999 Hyundai
Hyundai
Motor Sport Hyundai
Hyundai
Coupe Kit Car Evo2 MON SWE Ret KEN POR 14 ESP Ret FRA ARG GRC 15 NZL 17 FIN Ret CHN 11 ITA Ret AUS 9 GBR 25 - 0

2000 Hyundai
Hyundai
Castrol WRT Hyundai
Hyundai
Accent WRC MON SWE 13 KEN POR Ret ESP 23 ARG 8 GRC Ret NZL 5 FIN 15 CYP FRA Ret ITA 45 AUS 4 GBR Ret 11th 5

2001 Hyundai
Hyundai
Castrol WRT Hyundai
Hyundai
Accent WRC MON SWE 8

21st 1

Hyundai
Hyundai
Accent WRC2

POR 7 ESP ARG Ret CYP Ret GRC Ret KEN FIN 12 NZL 10 ITA FRA AUS 12 GBR 6

2002 Škoda Motorsport Škoda Octavia
Škoda Octavia
WRC Evo2 MON 13 SWE Ret FRA Ret ESP 17 CYP 9 ARG 6 GRE 14 KEN Ret

18th 1

Škoda Octavia
Škoda Octavia
WRC Evo3

FIN Ret GER 10 ITA 11 NZL Ret AUS 8 GBR 13

References[edit]

^ " Subaru
Subaru
in International Rallying: 1993-1996". Drive Performance Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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Sporting positions

Preceded by Inaugural event Race of Champions Rally Master 1990 Succeeded by Josep Maria Bardolet

Preceded by Possum Bourne Winner of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship 1995, 1996 & 1997 Succeeded by Yos

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