WTCC winner Rydell signs off from racing

Feb 18, 2016


Posted on the WTCC Blog 17/02/2016 14:00
He won five rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, took four poles, set five fastest laps, led 40 laps and, in June 2015, celebrated WTCC start number 100. Now, aged 48, Rickard Rydell has taken the decision to retire from driving following a racing career spanning 39 years. Instead, he will coach GP2 driver Gustav Malja, provide expert TV commentary for Viasat Motor and continue to work in his family’s flower business in his native Sweden. “I have decided to not compete in 2016 and this also means I’m retiring from racing,” said Rydell. “I was a works driver for 20 consecutive years, and I’m very privileged and proud to have represented brands like Toyota, Volvo, SEAT and Aston Martin in major championships and races. It was also fun to come home to Sweden and STCC after 21 seasons of international racing. “It’s been fantastic years as a driver. Now I can look forward to other projects and roles both inside and outside motorsport.” Rydell’s last WTCC appearance was at Circuit Paul Ricard in France last June when he finished P11 and P10 in the two races driving a Honda Racing team Sweden Civic (pictured below). Full story at WTCC  

Team comments: From the team we wish to thank Rickard for all wonderful memories and the fantastic results we achieved together in STCC and WTCC. You are an exceptional person and an outstanding driver. We are proud to have been able working with you as one of ours most successful drivers in the team. We all wish you the very best of luck in your future projects.

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