Thomas Rådström

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Thomas Rådström
Citroen WRT testing in Finland in 2002 21.jpg
Rådström during Citroën's testing in Finland in 2002.
Personal information
Nationality Flag of Sweden.svg Swedish
Born (1966-01-22) 22 January 1966 (age 56)
Umeå
World Rally Championship record
Active years1989 2002, 2006
Co-driver Flag of France.svg Denis Giraudet
Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Bäckman
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fred Gallagher
Teams Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Citroën
Rallies39
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums4
Stage wins26
Total points56
First rally1989 Swedish Rally
Last rally 2006 Swedish Rally

Thomas Rådström (born 22 January 1966), nicknamed "Rådis", is a rally and rallycross driver from Sweden.

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Career

Rådström was one of the leading drivers of the National Swedish Rallycross Championship series during the second half of the 1980s. He then started rallying and competed in the World Rally Championship for nine consecutive years during 19942002, and returned in 2006.

He won the Swedish Rally Championship in 1996, and his most significant international successes have been in his home event, the Swedish Rally, which he won in 1994 when the event was not part of the WRC schedule. This was the first of four podiums and seven top ten finishes in nine attempts at this event.

Rådström was a Toyota works driver from 199198, before switching to Ford for a season, competing as the team's star signing Colin McRae's gravel and snow event wingman in the debut season of the Ford Focus WRC. He returned to Toyota in 2000, and from 200102 was employed by the then Championship newcomers, Citroën, with the exception of one outing in the Group A Lancer Evolution for Mitsubishi Ralliart at the 2001 Swedish Rally, where he finished second. He scored another podium, now aboard the Xsara WRC, in 2002: a third place on the gruelling Safari Rally, on his team's first visit to the event.

Between 2003 and 2007, Rådström drove a 500+bhp strong Hyundai Accent T16 4x4 in both, the Swedish Rallycross Championship (4th overall in 2006 as well as in 2007) and in the FIA European Rallycross Championship. His plans to continue driving Rallycross with a Hyundai i30 T16 4x4 were paused due to economical reasons.

Complete WRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213141516WRCPoints
1989 Thomas Rådström Audi 80 Quattro SWE
Ret
MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV GBR -0
1991 Thomas Rådström Toyota Celica GT-4 MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR -0
1993 Thomas Rådström Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL FIN
Ret
AUS ITA ESP GBR -0
1994 Thomas Rådström Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD MON POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL FIN
7
ITA GBR 31st4
1995 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Celica GT-Four MON SWE
3
POR FRA NZL AUS ESP GBR DSQ12
1996 Toyota Castrol Team Sweden Toyota Celica GT-Four SWE
6
KEN IDN ESP
Ret
15th12
H.F. Grifone SRL GRE
Ret
ARG
Toyota Castrol Finland FIN
6
AUS ITA
1997 Toyota Castrol Team Sweden Toyota Celica GT-Four MON SWE
5
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG GRE
5
NZL FIN IDN ITA AUS GBR 15th4
1998 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
Ret
KEN 19th1
Toyota Castrol Team Sweden POR
Ret
ESP
12
FRA ARG GRE
Ret
FIN
6
ITA AUS GBR
H.F. Grifone SRL NZL
7
1999 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Focus RS WRC '99 MON SWE
3
KEN POR ESP FRA ARG
6
GRE
Ret
NZL
Ret
FIN
Ret
CHN
Ret
ITA AUS
7
GBR
6
12th6
2000 Toyota Team Sweden Toyota Corolla WRC MON SWE
4
KEN 16th3
Thomas Rådström POR
Ret
ESP ARG GRC NZL FIN CYP FRA ITA AUS GBR
2001 Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5 MON SWE
2
15th6
Thomas Rådström Citroën Saxo Kit Car POR
Ret
ESP ARG CYP
Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC GRE
Ret
KEN FIN NZL ITA FRA AUS GBR
2002 Automobiles Citroën Citroën Xsara WRC MON
Ret
SWE
37
FRA ESP
Ret
CYP ARG GRE
8
KEN
3
FIN
Ret
GER ITA NZL AUS GBR
Ret
12th4
2006 Rally Team Olsbergs Subaru Impreza WRC 2004 MON SWE
5
MEX ESP FRA ARG ITA GRE GER FIN JPN CYP TUR AUS NZL GBR 20th4

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