Rådström during Citroën's testing in Finland in 2002.
|Born||22 January 1966|
|World Rally Championship record|
|Active years||1989 – 2002, 2006|
|Teams||Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi, Citroën|
|First rally||1989 Swedish Rally|
|Last rally||2006 Swedish Rally|
Thomas Rådström (born 22 January 1966), nicknamed "Rådis", is a rally and rallycross driver from Sweden. He 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 1994–2002, and returned in 2006.
Rallycross is a form of sprint style automobile racing, held on a closed mixed-surface racing circuit, with modified production or specially built road cars, similar to the World Rally Cars. It is mainly popular in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Great Britain. An inexpensive, entry level type of rallycross is the Swedish folkrace or its Norwegian counterpart, the so-called bilcross. The folkrace is most popular in Finland where it was founded back in late 60's. In Europe, rallycross can also refer to racing 1:8 scale off-road radio-controlled buggies.
Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series organised by the FIA, culminating with a champion driver, co-driver and manufacturer. The driver's world championship and manufacturer's world championship are separate championships, but based on the same point system. The series currently consists of 14 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads.
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.
He was a Toyota works driver from 1991–98, 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 2001–02 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.
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Colin Steele McRae, was a rally driver from Scotland, born in Lanark. The son of five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae and brother of rally driver Alister McRae, Colin McRae was the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Champion and, in 1995 became the first British person and the youngest to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title, a record he still holds.
Citroën is a French automobile manufacturer, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group since 1976, founded in 1919 by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën (1878–1935). In 1934, the firm established its reputation for innovative technology with the Traction Avant. This car was the world's first mass-produced front wheel drive car, and also one of the first to feature a unitary type body, with no chassis supporting the mechanical components.
Between 2003 and 2007 Thomas 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 laid on ice, due to economical reasons.
The Hyundai Accent, or Hyundai Verna in South Korea, is a subcompact car produced by Hyundai. In Australia, the first generation models carried over the Hyundai Excel name used by the Accent's predecessor. The Accent was replaced in 2000 by the Hyundai Verna in South Korea, although most international markets, including the US, retained the "Accent" name.
The Hyundai i30 is a small family car manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai in Nošovice, Czech Republic, since 2007. The i30 shares its platform with the Kia Cee'd, available as a three door hatchback (2012–2017), five door hatchback, five door estate and five door fastback (2017–present), with a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel engines, either with manual or automatic transmission.
|1989||Thomas Rådström||Audi 80 Quattro|| SWE |
|1991||Thomas Rådström||Toyota Celica GT-4||MON|| SWE |
|1993||Thomas Rådström||Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD||MON|| SWE |
|POR||KEN||FRA||GRE||ARG||NZL|| FIN |
|1994||Thomas Rådström||Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD||MON||POR||KEN||FRA||GRE||ARG||NZL|| FIN |
|1995||Toyota Castrol Team||Toyota Celica GT-Four||MON|| SWE |
|1996||Toyota Castrol Team Sweden||Toyota Celica GT-Four|| SWE |
|KEN||IDN|| ESP |
|H.F. Grifone SRL|| GRE |
|Toyota Castrol Finland|| FIN |
|1997||Toyota Castrol Team Sweden||Toyota Celica GT-Four||MON|| SWE |
|KEN||POR||ESP||FRA||ARG|| GRE |
|1998||Toyota Castrol Team||Toyota Corolla WRC||MON|| SWE |
|Toyota Castrol Team Sweden|| POR |
| ESP |
|FRA||ARG|| GRE |
| FIN |
|H.F. Grifone SRL|| NZL |
|1999||Ford Motor Co Ltd||Ford Focus RS WRC '99||MON|| SWE |
|KEN||POR||ESP||FRA|| ARG |
| GRE |
| NZL |
| FIN |
| CHN |
|ITA|| AUS |
| GBR |
|2000||Toyota Team Sweden||Toyota Corolla WRC||MON|| SWE |
|Thomas Rådström|| POR |
|2001||Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5||MON|| SWE |
|Thomas Rådström||Citroën Saxo Kit Car|| POR |
|Automobiles Citroën||Citroën Xsara WRC|| GRE |
|2002||Automobiles Citroën||Citroën Xsara WRC|| MON |
| SWE |
|FRA|| ESP |
|CYP||ARG|| GRE |
| KEN |
| FIN |
|GER||ITA||NZL||AUS|| GBR |
|2006||Rally Team Olsbergs||Subaru Impreza WRC 2004||MON|| SWE |
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