17 December, 2008

Eklund till attack mot rally-VM

Veteranen Per Eklund, 62, går till attack mot motorsporten i allmänhet och rally-VM i synnerhet efter den senaste tidens turbulens.– De måste komma ner på jorden, de har varit så långt från verkligheten man kan komma.

Per Eklund planerar i dagsläget för ännu en säsong i rallycross. Planen är att köra EM – och något av de inhemska mästerskapen.
– Det blir ju ett SM, men två tävlingar ska köras i Norrland. Jag vet inte om jag är så intresserad av att åka upp dit. Det finns även planer på en konkurrerande serie där två av tävlingarna ska köras i Norge, det låter mer intressant, säger Eklund.

Arvikalegendaren jobbar som bäst med att jaga pengar för ännu en satsning.
– Det blir hårdare och hårdare. Men jag tror allt att det ska kunna gå ett år till.Eklund riktar samtidigt skarp kritik mot pengakarusellen i motorsportbranschen, speciellt i rally-VM.
– Det är ofattbart vilka pengar det handlar om där numera. Att hyra en bil för att köra en tävling kostar lika mycket som en hel säsong, tio tävlingar, i rallycross-EM. Det borde de själva ha förstått att det inte är hållbart.

Kritiken är även besk mot dagens unga motorsporttalanger.
– De måste vara beredda att lägga ner lite jobb, få lite skit under fingrarna. Det verkar som de tror att allt ska vara serverat. Men de förarna blir inte långlivade, säger Per Eklund.
• Tror du rallycrossen klarar sig undan bilkrisen?
– Visst kommer det att märkas av och det blir svårt att få ekonomi i det. Men det kommer inte att bli som i rally-VM eftersom vi inte är lika beroende av tillverkarna, säger Per Eklund.

by Johan Hedlund

30 October, 2008

Dutch Per Eklund Trophee

The Dutch Saab Club introduced this year the "Per Eklund Trophy", a trophy for the best driver in four events in orientation rally's.


The Historic Saabclub rallyteam organize this year three orientation rally's and together with the annual 'Vikingtocht' the results count for the "Per Eklund Trophy". The person who collects the most points in the sports tour or class of that journey is the winner of this nice trophy.

This year the winner is Henri Dommerholt and Jens Håkansson, driving with a Saab 96 TT Monte Carlo from 1965.

Results Per Eklund trophy 2008 :

  1. Henri Dommerholt and Jens Håkansson, Saab 96 tt, 34 points
  2. Kjel Postema and Nittert Postema, 28 points
  3. Michiel Klinge and Jurryt Jannink, 22 points
    René Hut and Cobi ten Wolde, 22 points


Per Eklund with the Dutch Trophy, together with Esther Smith and Caroline de Greeff

10 October, 2008

Per Eklund demo from 2001

An nice video from www.motorsportmad.com












05 October, 2008

Last race 2008: Eklund A-final!!!

At the last race of the 2008 European Rallycross season, Eklund had a great weekend!

At saturday, in the timed practice he drove a 8th time overall. The car runs very well.
In the first qualification heat, Eklund took a great start and went first into the first corner.
He managed to hold his first position to the finish line and was ahead of the new european champion Kenneth Hansen. With this victory, he has a 4th time overall!


(c) http://www.erc24.com/: Eklund during the first heat, in front!

During the evening and the morning on sunday, a lot of rain came from above and the track was very wet. Conditions Eklund likes a lot.

Eklund drove in the 2nd and 3rd heat also very good, both a 5th time overall!
With these results, Eklund starts on the 5th position in the A-final!


Bad conditions during the second and 3rd heat.

Eklund starts the A-final with Jernberg, Eriksson, Hunsbedt, Smerud and c-final and b-final winner Walfridsson.
But luck didn't went with Eklund in the final. In the first lap, Eklund went off and could not go on.
He finished 6th on this last event of the year.

Results:

  1. Andréas Eriksson Ford
  2. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault
  3. Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo
  4. Michael Jernberg Škoda
  5. Kjell Arne Smerud Citroën
  6. Per Eklund Saab
  7. Kenneth Hansen Citroën
  8. Olivier Anne Citroën
  9. Jimmy Holmkvist Ford
  10. Sverre Isachsen Ford


27 September, 2008

Last race SC: Eklund 8th

report from http://www.rallycross.de/:

Before Strängnäs five drivers in Division 1 were still able to obtain the title of '2008 Swedish Rallycross Champion in Division 1'. Michael Jernberg (Škoda Fabia) was on top of the standings with 108 points. Five points ahead of Andréas Eriksson (Ford Fiesta ST) who counted 103 points. Also Stig-Olov Walfridsson (Renault Clio RS CR1N) with 99 points, Tony Croon (Ford Focus) with 97 points and Per Eklund (SAAB 9-3 SportSedan) with 90 points had an option on the 2008 Division 1 title.

Walfridsson, Croon and Eklund all qualified for the 'B' final, with the first two sharing the front row. Eklund was on the second row. Peter Hedström (Ford Fiesta ST), Jokinen and Mats Öhman (Ford Focus) were the other 'B' final qualifiers. Öhman had a brilliant start and lead the final until the last lap when he went into the joker lap.
In the mean time Croon and Walfridsson were battling it out, however Walfridsson wasn't able to overtake Croon. When Öhman left the joker lap he re-joined the main track behind Croon but ahead of Walfridsson resulting in Croon and Öhman moving up to the 'A' final and a seventh place overall for Stig-Olov Walfridsson.
Eklund finished on a 8th place.

With this result, Eklund ends on a 5th place overall in this Swedish championship.

14 September, 2008

EC Poland: not a good weekend again

Again not a good result for Per Eklund at a European Rallycross round, this time at the Slomczyn track in Poland.
Things look great at the timed practice. The car runs good and with a 11th time the team was ready for the weekend.
But after the first qualification heat, things didn't look great afterall. Eklund lost a rear wheel of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan. He managed to drive to the finishline, but the time wasn't good. A last position, a 22th time overall.



photos: (c) www.erc24.com

Eklund fought back in the second and third heat, but the results were not enough to take a position in the A, B or C final. He drove twice a 13th position overall in these heats.
With these results, he had a 17th position overall, just outside the c-final. Only the first 16 qualify for the finals..........

Resuls:

  1. Sverre Isachsen (N) , Ford Focus, 20
  2. Ole Kristian Nøttveit (N), Ford Focus, 17
  3. Andréas Eriksson (S), Ford Fiesta, 15
  4. Kenneth Hansen (S), Citroën C4, 13
  5. Ludvig Hunsbedt (N), Volvo S40, 12
  6. Michael Jernberg (S), Škoda Fabia, 11
With these results, Kenneth Hansen is for the 14th time European champion rallycross. Congratulations, Kenneth!!!

Next race: Swedish championship, September 27 at the Strängnäs Motorstadion.

08 September, 2008

EC Czechia: Eklund in B-final on 5th position!

Last weekend, Eklund drove the 9th race in the European rallycross season 2008 in the Czech Republic.



In the timed practice, he drove a 12th time overall.

The first qualification heat on Saturday, he took also a 12th time.
The sunday went better. Both heats, second and third he drove to a 8th time overall.
This gave him a 9th position overall, equals a 4th position in the B-final.


In this final, he drove with Jos Kuypers, Andréas Eriksson, Sverre Isachsen, Frode Holte and c-final winner Michael Jernberg.
At the start it was Isachsen with the best start. Eklund took a 6th position, but Eriksson went wide in the first corner and Eklund could pass. The rest of the final was very close racing. Eriksson tried to overtake Eklund, but didn't succeed.
Eklund went on 5th position over the finish line, a 10th position overall.

Look at the on-board film of Eriksson, see a clear view on Eklund! Great!

video

Thanks to: (c) http://www.mediasport.cz/rallycross/videa

Results:

  1. Kenneth Hansen Citroën C4 20
  2. Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo S40 17
  3. Pavel Koutný Ford Fiesta ST 15
  4. Sverre Isachsen Ford Focus ST 13
  5. Olivier Anne Citroën C4 12
  6. Ole Kristian Nøttveit Ford Focus ST 11
  7. Jos Kuypers Ford Focus ST 10
  8. Michael Jernberg Skoda Fabia 9
  9. Frode Holte Volvo S40 8
  10. Per Eklund SAAB 9-3 SportSedan 7
  11. Andréas Eriksson Ford Fiesta ST 6
  12. Pat Doran Ford Fiesta ST 5
  13. Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot 207 4
  14. Guttorm Lindefjell Skoda Fabia 3
  15. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault Clio RS 2
  16. Kjell Arne Smerud Citroën Xsara 1

Next weekend: Poland, round 10

02 September, 2008

Model news part 5: Triumph TR7 V8

The company IXO models released in July the Triumph TR7 V8 with number 15.
Per Eklund and co-driver Hans Sylvan drove this car at the 1000 Lakes Rally 1980.


Eklund drove to a third place overall in this rally

17 August, 2008

Not a good weekend for Eklund

Per Eklund didn't had a good weekend at the European Rallycross round 8 in the Netherlands.

With the results from the qualification heats (19th, 14th and again 19th) he didn't qualify for any finals. His overall position for this weekend is a 20th place.

10 August, 2008

EC Maasmechelen, day 2: Eklund 12th

The team worked until 22:30 with the gearbox and change the differential.
In the morning the wheather is very wet, a lot of rain. The team changed the car to wet setup by bchanging the roll bars, suspention and full wet tires.
Eklund has a good feeling about the setup of the car during the warm-up laps.



Heat 2:
Eklund starts with van Mechelen, Holte, Evans and Pauwels. The best start was for Eklund, just before Holte, Mechelen, Evans and Pauwels.
Eklund could extent his lead to almost 9 seconds ahead of Holte and the others drivers.
In the last lap Eklund took the joker lap and was still in front. In the corner on the Duivelsberg, Eklund went to wide and the car slips.
He could not drive away and the other cars were hold up, even some drivers hit the Saab 9-3. Eklund could manage to drive the car away and is still on first position. Van Mechelen managed to overtake during this action from last position to second. Eklund finished before van Mechelen, Holte, Pauwels and Evans. He has a 17th time overall, with a 3rd quickest laptime!
If he did not made the mistake, he probely had a 4th overall.

Results:
later

Heat 3:
Just before this heat, it starts to rain and the track who was drying up, is more slippery again.
Eklund starts with Bermingrud, Walfridsson, van Mechelen and Holte.
Per Eklund makes a good start and went second into the corner after Holte.
Holte and Eklund can drive easy at the front, Eklund has to drive very hard to catch up with Holte. In the second lap, Eklund takes the jokerlap and stays at second position.
At the finish it is Holte on first position, Eklund 2nd, Bermingrud 3rd, van Mechelen 4th and Walfridsson 5th.
Eklund has a 11th time overall. More rain is falling and the other topdrivers can't set a good time.
Results:

  1. A. Theuil (F), VW Golf, 3:08.623
  2. J. Kuijpers (NL), Ford Focus, 3:08.956
  3. K. Pauwels (B), Ford Focus, 3:09.694
  4. L. Hunsbedt (N), VOlvo S40, 3:10:138
  5. M. Jespersen (DK), Peugeot 206, 3:12.970
  6. R. Scheveneels (B), VW Golf, 3:15.290
  7. R. Munncih (D), Skoda Fabia, 3:16.486
  8. F. Holte (N), Volvo S40, 3:16.726
  9. H. Wild (D), VW Polo, 3:17.734
  10. E. Geraerts (B), Ford Focus, 3:17.966
  11. P.Eklund (S), Saab 9-3, 3:18.375

With a 12th, 17th and a 11th time. Per Eklund starts at the last position in the C-final (16th position).




C-final:

Nottweit, Holte, Munnich, Bermingrud, Kuijpers and Eklund start in this final. It is Holte with the best start, Nottveit second and Eklund from the back of the grid to third position. After the first corner, Eklund takes the jokerlap and has to let pass Kuijpers.

In lap 2 Kuijpers makes a mistake and takes the first corner very wide, Eklund can pass to position 3 again. In lap 3 Nottveit takes the jokerlap and Eklund can pass to position 2.
Eklund pushed very hard to get to Holte, but Holte can hold his first position when he crosses the finishline.

With his second position, Eklund is 12th overall.

Next weekend: EC Valkenswaard, the Netherlands


09 August, 2008

350th European race for Eklund!

According to Belgium rallycross fan Alex Schijvinck, today it is Eklund's 350 European rallycross race!

Per Eklund is the only driver who started from the beginning in 1973 until now. Some years, Per was not driving in European rallycross (1979 until 1989 and in 1992).

In this period, Eklund took one EC title, in 1999.

Photo: Alex is presenting the data to Eklund

EC Maasmechelen, day 1

Today it is sunny weather 25 degrees The last few days there was a lot of rain.
Eklund made some improvements the last 3 weeks after Höljes. The turbo has been inproved, also some electric systems. They found some extra horsepower!

Timed practice
The track was dry and sunny, with a lot of dust. Per had a clean run. He drove a 9th time overall.

Results:

  1. S. Isachsen, Ford Focus ST, 38,977
  2. M. Jernberg, Skoda Fabia, 39.342
  3. P. Koutny, Ford Fiesta, 39.493
  4. K. Hansen, Cirtoën C4, 39.515
  5. A. Eriksson, Ford Fiesta, 39.652
  6. O. Nottveit, Ford Focus, 39.725
  7. L. Hunsbedt, Volvo S40, 39.853
  8. M. Bermingrud, Citroën Xsara, 39.964
  9. P.Eklund, Saab 9-3, 39.984
  10. G. Lindefjell, Skoda Fabia, 40.000
Heat 1:
Eklund starts with Bermingrud, Lindefjell, Walfridsson and Evans. Lindefjell takes the best start and went first into the corner.Eklund on the inside on place 2, just before Evans, Bermingrud and Walfridsson.
Lindefjell and Eklund drove away fron the rest of the field. In lap 3 Lindefjell and Eklund took both the Jokerlap. Lindefjell holds his leading position, Eklund is passed by Evans.
Lindfjell takes the heat, followed by Evans, Eklund, Bermingrud and Walfridsson.


With this result, Eklund has a 12th time overall.

Eklund told: "I lost 3rd gear during this heat, I could drive better". The team replaced the gearbox after the heat and the car is ready for tommorow.

31 July, 2008

4th SC Strägnäs: Eklund 4th

After almost 3 weeks after Höljes, the 4th race fr the Swedish championship rallycross was held at the Strägnäs Motorstadion.

Eklund drove in the qualification heat a 5th, a 3rd and a 7th time. The last qualification he had a puncture. The times equals a 4th in the A-final.






In the A-final, Norwegian Sverre Isachsen started the A final from pole ahead of Michael Jernberg who set fastest time in the second heat. Andréas Eriksson and Per Eklund qualified third and fourth

Hedström then made a remarkable start and grabbed the lead of the A final away from Isachsen with Eklund initially running third. Eriksson passed Eklund to gain a podium finish, Eklund holding on to fourth place ahead of Croon and Jernberg, the latter retaining the championship lead ahead of Eriksson.

Results:

  1. Peter Hedström, Ford Fiesta ST, 30
  2. Sverre Isachsen, Ford Focus ST, 27+3
  3. Andréas Eriksson, Ford Fiesta ST, 25+1
  4. Per Eklund, SAAB 9-3 SportSedan, 23
  5. Tony Croon, Ford Focus, 22
  6. Michael Jernberg, Škoda Fabia, 21+2
  7. Stig-Olov Walfridsson, Renault Clio, 20
  8. Stefan Jansson, Hyundai Accent, 19
  9. Silvo Viitanen, Ford Focus, 18
  10. Guttorm Lindefjell, Škoda Fabia, 17
  11. Frode Holte, Volvo S40, 10

06 July, 2008

EC Höljes day 2: Eklund 9th with problems at start

Day 2 of the European championship Rallycross at Höljes (Sweden) ended for Eklund on a 4th place in the B-final, meaning a 9th place overall.




In the 2nd heat, Eklund drove a 8th time overall, in the 3rd heat a 11th overall.


Results heat 2:

  1. Marcus Grönholm Ford 03:18:83
  2. Michael Jernberg skoda 03:20:14
  3. Tony Croon Ford 03:20:83
  4. Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo 03:21:03
  5. Andréas Eriksson Ford 03:21:77
  6. Kenneth Hansen Citroën 03:22:38
  7. Harald Sachweh Opel 03:22:55
  8. Per Eklund Saab 03:23:10
  9. Kjell Arne Smerud Citroën 03:23:41
  10. Sverre Isachsen Ford 03:24:14
Results heat 3:

  1. Andréas Eriksson Ford 03:14:36
  2. Michael Jernberg Škoda 03:14:96
  3. Kenneth Hansen Citroën 03:15:46
  4. Ole Kristian Nøttveit Ford 03:15:66
  5. Kjell Arne Smerud Citroën 03:17:15
  6. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault 03:17:58
  7. Marcus Grönholm Ford 03:18:38
  8. Linas Norkus Ford 03:19:21
  9. Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot 03:19:23
  10. Olivier Anne Citroën 03:19:37
  11. Per Eklund Saab 03:20:29

With these results, Per Eklund has a 10th place overall, that will give him the 5th position in the B-final.

In the B-final he had to start with Pailler, Smerud, Walfridsson, Croon and c-final winner Nöttveit. At the start, the Saab 9-3 didn't move at all. Just after half a lap suddenly the car moved again and Eklund could drive his laps. Perhaps it was some moist sensor he told later.

It was Walfridsson who won the b-final, Smerud and Nöttveit did not finish. Eklund could not follow the man in front of him and went 4th over the finish.

Results B-final:

  1. S.O. Walfridsson, Renault Clio, 4.01,97
  2. T. Croon, Ford Focus, 4.02,50
  3. J.L. Pailler, Peugeot 207, 4.06,93
  4. Per Eklund, SAAB 93, 4.26,34
  5. K.A. Smerud, Citroën Xsara, DNF
  6. O.K. Nöttveit, Ford Focus, DNF

"Now it's time for some holiday, Christmas presents for the famlily and and to find 50 HP in the Saab before the next race", Eklund said. The next race will be in 3 weeks.

05 July, 2008

EC Sweden, Höljes day 1

It was a busy week for Eklund. The Saab 9-3 went back to Trollhattan for new electric wiring and the team in Arvika was very busy with the car of George Tracy.
At the press conference at thursday, Eklund arrived late after he worked the whole night on the car. But could drive at the press race and guess what, the fastest time!!
"It is just a practice", said Eklund "but the car is running fine. There is more in the car but we we have a busy scedule and there are just 24 hours in a day".

At the time practice this afternoon, Eklund could set a ninth time overall. The track was not dry. Some drivers made a false decision which tires they use.

In the first heat it was Kenneth Hansen with the fastest time, followed by the rallycross rookie and multi world champion rally driver Marcus Grönholm. Eklund drove a 9th time overall.

Results heat 1:

  1. K. Hansen, Citroën C4, 3.07,72
  2. M. Grönholm, Ford Fiesta, 3.09,11
  3. JL/ Pailler, Peugeot 207, 3.09,79
  4. L. Hunsbedt, Volvo S 40, 3.10,40
  5. M. Jernberg, Skoda Fabia, 3.10,55
  6. A. Eriksson, Ford Fiesta, 3.11,76
  7. G. Lindefjell, Citroën C4, 3.12,10
  8. S.O. Walfridsson, Renault Clio, 3.12,30
  9. P. Eklund, Saab 9-3, 3.12,82
  10. F. Holte, Volvo S 40, 3.12,85

And the weather forecast for tomorrow: rain!! Hopefully the chance for an A-final for Eklund!

04 July, 2008

Eklund sist men snabbast

RALLYCROSS: Inför Höljes by Bengt Bengt Sundler

Per Eklund var sist till presskonferensen. Men snabbast på banan.
– Allt kan vi inte ha gjort fel i alla fall, säger den 62-årige nestorn från Arvika.

Toppförare och hemmahopp i division I var samlade till torsdagens presskonferens med tillhörande uppvisningskörning (2x3 varv) på banan.”Men var är Per Eklund”, undrade alla.
När de andra förarna gick ut från pressrummet kom herr Eklund med andan i halsen.

– De var färdiga fem i morse med bilen i Trollhättan, pustade han. Man kan tro att Saaben var uppe i varv efter all stress, för det blev sannerligen åka av.
Nestorn från Arvika och tävlande för Finnskoga åkte ifrån alla de andra och lämnade storfräsare som Sverre Isachsen, trefaldig segrare i Höljes, Ludvig Hunsbedt, trea i årets EM-serie, EM-ledaren Kenneth Hansen, EM-tvåan Michael Jernberg, ”Stecka”, fransmannen Jean-Luc Pallier och EM-fyran Andreas Eriksson bakom sig.

Eklund avverkade snabbaste varvet på 45.83. Isachsen var tvåa med 45.99 och Hunsbedt hade 46.31.
Tiderna på ett pressrace har kanske ingen avgörande betydelse.
Men Per var klart nöjd med körningen.Han har inte varit tillfreds med bilen hittills och ligger bara tia i EM-tabellen, med blott en A-final (första tävlingen i Portugal).
Teamet hade jobbat med elektroniken på Saaben, men hann inte riktigt klart till Momarken.
Nu blev det färdigt i sista momangen i verkstaden i Trollhättan. Sju på morgonen var bilen i Arvika och då skulle skärmar och annat sättas på.
Enligt Per beror tidsbristen på att Trollspeed haft fullt upp med Steckas och Jernbergs bilar och att han själv hjälpt irländaren George Tracey med dennes WRC Peugeot.
Det handlar också om ekonomiska resurser.
– Jag har inte råd, svarar Per på frågan om varför han halkat efter konkurrenterna.
Det lär ha fattats 40-50 hästar i toppeffekt och och en del fattas fortfarande.
Pressracet gav dock ett värdefullt kvitto på att teamet är på rätt väg.Att Per Eklund inte hunnit träna på favoritbanan inför årets EM-lopp kompenserar han med otaliga års praktik.
– Jag körde här innan de andra var födda. Jag var med när banan byggdes, säger han.
Är det lika roligt nu när du inte är med i toppen?
– Jag ska vara med i toppen bara jag får ordning på motorn.Är det här roligaste tävlingen?
– Ja, det är ju tätt med folk här redan på torsdagen. Det kokar. Det är som Arvikafestivalen.

Per Eklund varnar för irländare och bilen han har byggt

by JOHAN ERIKSSON

Med nytt elsystem hoppas Per Eklund, 62, på succé i favorittävlingen.
Fast samtidigt höjer han ett varningens finger för irländaren George Tracy – i bilen Eklund har byggt.– Den bilen kommer ta starten varje gång, säger värmlänningen.

62 år gammal har Per Eklund fortfarande kvar suget för motorsporten. Men samtidigt kommer det inte något kaxigt svar i stil med ”jag kommer åka i från dem allihop” när han får frågan vad han siktar på under helgens EM-deltävling i Höljes.– Det gäller bara att köra så bra om det går, säger han istället ödmjukt.
Kanske till viss del med tanke på att våren varit ovanligt hektisk för honom. Förutom att hålla sin egen Saab 9-3 ASS ERC i kördugligt skick har Eklund och hans mekaniker haft fullt upp med att bygga och få till inställningarna på irländaren George Tracys Peugeot 307 ERC.
– Det är lika roligt fortfarande, men väldigt mycket jobb. Dygnet räcker inte till.Men Eklund är väldigt nöjd med det jobb han och hans kompanjoner gjort med Tracys bil.
– Det är den bilen som går bäst, den bilen som kommer att ta starterna varje gång.

• Så han kan överraska?
– Ja, senast vann han C-finalen före allihop. När vi testade i två dagar gick bilen riktigt bra, säger Eklund.
Men efter att han nu fått ordning på Tracys bil kunde han slutligen lägga ned lite extra kraft på sin egen. Under veckan har Saaben varit nere i Trollhättan där hela elsystemet bytts ut.Samtidigt innebär det att Eklund måste börja om från noll när det gäller inställningarna, därför var torsdagens träningsvarv extra viktiga för honom då de nu har lite färska data att analysera.
– Den här helgen kommer jag att ha de bästa förutsättningarna för i år. Bilen fungerar bra men samtidigt vet jag att det finns mer att hämta ur den framöver.
I fjol var Per Eklund på väg mot A-final i Höljes, men fick svartflagg och missade den. Givetvis hoppas han ta revansch i år.Den här helgen är som sagt den roligaste på hela tävlingssäsongen.
– Ja, titta i slänterna. Det är torsdag och redan proppfullt. Det kokar här i Höljes. Det är lite som Arvikafestivalen, säger Arvikabon Eklund.

14 June, 2008

Stecka vann 75.000 efter riktig fräckis

Det blev Stig-Olov ”Stecka” Walfridsson, som triumferade i den stenhårda Div 1-klassen vid Xtreme SM i Kalix. EM-ledaren Mikael Jernberg såg länge ut att även vinna årets första SM-seger, men när han på sista varvet gick in i alternativspåret, kunde ”Stecka” med minsta möjliga marginal smita förbi i sin Renault Clio Sport. Då kom han direkt från segern i B-finalen.
- Otroligt härligt och kul att min chansning gick vägen, skrattade ”Stecka” när han tog emot den stora segerchecken på 75.000 kronor.
Det blev stor dramatik direkt efter starten, när Per Eklund kom först in i första kurvan, men fick en riktig ”kyss” av Andreas Eriksson, tappade ledningen och till slut kom in som femma.
- Andreas är en j-a skitstövel, dundrade Eklund efter målgången. Nästa gång ska jag sätta dit honom rejält.
Mikael Jernberg blev tvåa, vann 50.000 kronor, medan Andreas Eriksson tog tredjepriset på 25.000 kronor.
Xtreme SM i Kalix blev återigen en riktig folkfest i strålande solsken. 6450 åskådare njöt av fart, fläkt och dramatik i alla klasser, samt en premiärstreakare med bara hatten på rätt ställe.

11 June, 2008

Ove Andersson killed in rally crash

Former Toyota team principal Ove Andersson was killed on Wednesday in an accident during a classic rally in South Africa.

The Swede, who managed Toyota's European motorsport arm for over 30 years, is believed to have been involved in a head-on collision with a truck during the Milligan classic rally.

Andersson oversaw Toyota's Formula One programme when the Japanese manufacturer made its grand prix racing debut in 2002.

He left his role as team principal in 2003, becoming an advisor to the team.

Eklund rates Ove Andersson to one of his favourite people in motorsport. He says about former Toyota rally boss: "He was a mastermind of African rallies like the Safari and Ivory Coast"


Andersson was 70.


Our sincerest condolences go to all he knew him well - especially his family and his beloved wife.


Mike Jager

08 June, 2008

EC Austria: Eklund 9th

In the time practice, Eklund could drive a third time overall.

The first heat, It was Eklund with the best start in dry conditions. In the first lap he could hold of Eriksson, but not for long. Eriksson could set the fastest time overall, Eklund took the 9th position overall.

Eklund first in heat 1. (c) www.erc24.com

During the second qualifing heat, it starts to rain. Best conditions for Eklund, here we see the experienced rally drive at his best. He took a good start and could hold of Kenneth Hansen. Eklund went first over the finish, just half a second before Hansen. Eklund had a 6th time overall.

Eklund enjoys the rain in heat 2. (c) www.erc24.com

The third heat, it was still a wet track. Eklund drive a second time behind Jernberg, 5th time overall.
This results in a 7th place overall, a second position in the B-final. Other drivers in the b-final are Hansen, Hunsbedt, Anne, Walfridsson and the winner of the c-final Lindefjell.


Results finals:

  1. Michael Jernberg Škoda 20,
  2. Ole Kristian Nøttveit Ford, 17
  3. Andréas Eriksson Ford, 15
  4. Guttorm Lindefjell Ford, 13
  5. Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot, 12
  6. Sverre Isachsen Ford, 11
  7. Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo, 10
  8. Kenneth Hansen Citroën, 9
  9. Per Eklund Saab, 8
  10. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault, 7

01 June, 2008

Only a 15th place at EC Hungary

A disappointing weekend for Per Eklund. At the third race for the European Championship rallycross 2008 at the Nyráid circuit in Hungary he finished only on a 15th place.

(c) 2008 by www.erc24.com

The qualification heats he has a 13th, a 13th and a 8th time overall. This gave him a pole position at the C-final.

In this C-final he had the lead until the last lap, looking for a start in the B-final. But Eklund had to take the jokerlap and took this alternative in the last lap. Homedriver Zoltan Harsányi took the leed, when Eklund just 15 meters before the finish hit the tirewall and could not move the Saab 9-3 to the finish.

Eklund is leading the C-final, (c) 2008 by www.erc24.com

With this 15th place he took just 2 points. In the ranking he moves down to the 11th place.

Results:

  1. Kenneth Hansen Citroën, 20

  2. Michael Jernberg Skoda, 17

  3. Andréas Eriksson Ford, 15

  4. Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot, 13

  5. Frode Holte Volvo, 12

  6. Sverre Isachsen Ford, 11

  7. Ole Kristian Nøttveit Ford, 10

  8. Guttorm Lindefjell Ford, 9

  9. Zoltán Harsányi Mitsubishi, 8

  10. George Tracey Peugeot, 7

  11. Morten Jespersen Peugeot, 6

  12. Linas Norkus Ford, 5

  13. Jos Kuypers Ford, 4

  14. Péter Kotán Ford, 3

  15. Per Eklund Saab, 2

  16. Olivier Anne Citroën , 1

17 May, 2008

Eklund 4th at first SC

The Saturday at the Knutstorp circuit began very good for Per Eklund. At this first race for the Swedish Championship he had a first time overall in the first qualification heat.

The second and third head he had a fifth time overall, putting him on a third position in the a-final.


Photo:(c)Mikael Persson



Report A-final by http://www.rallycross.com/:

Stig-Olov Walfridsson, who was on the innerside as pole sitter Eriksson opted for the outerside of the grid, went into the lead when the green(!) light was showen ahead of Eklund and Hedström. Eriksson faced some issues during the start and joined the field in sixth position. Already in the first corner Eklund went off the track as Peter Hedström was too enthousiastic to try to gain second place in the race. Eventually Hedström was blackflagged by the Clerk of the Course for pushing on Eklund. Eklund on the other hand lost a lot of time with this incident but continued racing and joined the track again in last position. By the end of the first lap Walfridsson was leading the field ahead of Tony Croon, Eriksson, who worked his way up to third place after missing the start, Jernberg and Eklund. During the second lap, Walfridsson who was chased by Croon and Eriksson slowed down. Croon was forced to brake and Eriksson hit Croon by accident. Eriksson damaged the turbo and intercooler of the Fiesta and his final was reduced to driving the remaining laps at a very low speed. By the end of that second lap Walfridsson went to the startgrid again. "I noticed a red flag and i supposed the race was stopped. Therefore I went back to the startgrid," Walfridsson declared afterwards. "Yeah, i also saw a red flag," said Croon. "I was forced to brake behind Walfridsson, but then i realised that the race still was going on, so I continued," he said. Racing went on with Croon in the lead while Jernberg climbed to second place. Jernberg went into the joker lap in the penultimate lap while Croon passed through it in the last lap. However, the joker lap didn't change the positions anymore. Croon came in first and won surprisingly his first Division one event of his career. Jernberg, with a puncture (back left), was second while Eriksson and Eklund finished the race on places three and four.

Per Eklund (SAAB 9-3 ASS) in close contact with Peter Hedström (Ford Fiesta ST). The latter got blackflagged for this action on Eklund. (Photo: © Lennart Pettersson)

Results:


  1. Tony Croon Ford Focus 30

  2. Michael Jernberg Skoda Fabia 27

  3. Andréas Eriksson Ford Fiesta ST 25+3

  4. Per Eklund SAAB 9-3 ASS 23

  5. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault Clio RS 22+2

  6. Peter Hedström Ford Fiesta ST 21+1

  7. George Tracey Peugeot 307 CC 20

  8. Jakob Teil Hansen Ford Escort RS 19

13 May, 2008

George Tracey confirmed for Knutstorp

From http://www.rallycross.com/:


Irish Rallycross driver George Tracey (Peugeot 307cc) participates in the first round of the 2008 Swedish Rallycross Championship that goes underway next Saturday May 17 at Kågeröd (Ring Knutstorp) in the south of Sweden. The news of his participation, already known for some time, was confirmed on Tuesday.

The participation of the Irishman at Kågeröd is a result of the close collaboration between the teams of George Tracey and Swede Per Eklund in 2008. Over winter Eklund Motorsport already prepared the Peugeot 307cc for Rallycross. After the ERC round in France the car left for Arvika in Sweden, hometown of Eklund Motorsport, where it will be prepared for the Swedish season's opener.


George Tracey (Peugeot 307cc) pictured during the 2008 Portuguese ERC round. (Photo: © Jan Kåre Rafoss)

11 May, 2008

C-final for Eklund at second EC in France

At a sunny and dusty Kerlabo circuit in France, Eklund could make it to the c-final.
"The car was quick and good, there were no defects. The whole weekend was only a littlebit dusty", Eklund reports.
Per had a 10th time overall in the first qualification, a 16th time in the second and a 12th time in the third heat.
"I could not make the difference, in every heat I lost second at the start and in some corners".
With 22 points he had an 4th position in the c-final.

In the c-final the could make up to the third place, just a few laps before the finish, it was Frode Holte who hit his car into Eklund. Instead of chasing to the heat leader, Eklund has to be satisfied with a 4th place in this c-final, a 14th place overall.

After two races, Eklund has a ninth place in the championship.
"All the things we try will result in a better car, but the competition is tough. It is never been so tough as this year!"

Results 2nd EC France:

  1. Jean-Luc Pailler Peugeot 20
  2. Ludvig Hunsbedt Volvo 17
  3. Kenneth Hansen Citroën 15
  4. Michael Jernberg Škoda 13
  5. David Meslier Renault 12
  6. Guttorm Lindefjell Ford 11
  7. Andréas Eriksson Ford 10
  8. Sverre Isachsen Ford 9
  9. Kjell Arne Smerud Citroën 8
  10. Morten Bermingrud Citroën 7
  11. Olivier Anne Citroën 6
  12. Stig-Olov Walfridsson Renault 5
  13. Frode Holte Volvo 4
  14. Per Eklund Saab 3
  15. Marc Laboulle Citroën 2
  16. Ole Kristian Nøttveit Ford 1

04 May, 2008

Eklund 6th at first EC 2008!

Today, the new season of the European rallycross started, and not so bad!



Eklund managed this week with a lot of work to finalize the new Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan. Just in time he arrived in Portugal for the first race.

In the first heat, Eklund drove to a 12th time, the second heat to a 11th time overall. In the third head, Eklund drove to a good 7th time. This means together a 5th place in the B-final.
Eklund managed to win the B-final! In the A-final he couldn't make any progression, so a 6th place overall!

Results:


  1. Ludvig Hunsbedt (N), Volvo S40

  2. Kenneth Hansen (S), Citroën C4

  3. Ole Kristian Nøttveit (N), Ford Focus ST

  4. Sverre Isachsen (N), Ford Focus ST

  5. Michael Jernberg (S), Škoda Fabia

  6. Per Eklund (S), SAAB 9-3 ASS


Next race in Cohiniac, France next weekend!

Regards,
Mike Jager

15 April, 2008

Pressconference at Stockholm

The SBF Rallycross commision together with Xtreme Events Scandinavia AB and the leading Rallycross teams organize a pressconference in the city of Stockholm.

Time: 13.00
Date: wednesday 16-04-2008
Place: Kungsträdgården at the large podium
Program:

  • The rallycross commission view on the Swedish Championship
  • presentation of Xtreme Events Scandinavia AB
  • News of the teams, drivers and there cars

from www.sbf.se

20 March, 2008

Eklund during the Saab Ice Experience

From carsguide.news.com.au

Sliding sideways on a sheet of ice at 120km/h isn't something you do every day in Australia.
Actually, it's something I've never done in our wide, brown land.
Neither is sitting beside a 60- something crazy man; as he flings a Saab 9-3 Turbo X along a snow-covered forest track at close to 200km/h with nothing but a wall of snow between us and a disastrous trip into the trees.
Yet this is all everyday stuff for one-time rally champion Per Eklund and the team from Saab Ice Experience.
Every year, they take small groups of journalists for a deep-frozen dip into the history of Saab, the engineering of its cars, and what makes Sweden different from the rest of the world.

It's all done deep inside the Arctic Circle, in a white wonderland that's as far from Australia as you can possibly imagine.
It's beautiful in a desolate way that contrasts with the hot, dusty plains of the outback, but a huge shock when you land at minus 20 after taking off from Australia at plus 30.
There's a special hook for the Saab Ice Experience this year, as the company is about to bring its first all-wheel-drive cars into showrooms.
If that sounds a little unusual, given the ultra-slippery winter conditions in Sweden — and most of Europe — it has taken Saab a while to gather the money and enthusiasm to upgrade from its traditional front-wheel drive.

But it's about to feed more than 200kW to the road with the limited-edition 9-3 Aero X and Turbo X models, which are close to local showrooms.
These are family vehicles, not Lancer Evo-style road rockets, so Saab felt it was essential to upgrade to all-paw grip.
“If it works here, it works anywhere,” Saab engineering chief Anders Tysk says.
“We do it the Saab way, with the latest Haldex drive system. It's always on, always all-wheel drive."
“We want to eventually have it on all our models, because of the safety.”
Saab calls its system cross-wheel drive, written XWD, and there's no doubt it has put a lot of work into the task, from the gearbox hook-up to the electronic brain that controls the active rear differential fitted to the Aero X.
The technical talk is nice, and the Saab people — who now operate as part of the GM Premium Brands team in Australia, where the family includes Hummer and Cadillac — are warm and welcoming. But we want to drive.
Soon enough, we're standing on a frozen Swedish lake alongside a line-up of pristine silver Turbo X automatic wagons.
Per Eklund, a one-time World Rally Championship firebrand who still wins in rallycross with a very special Saab 9-3, introduces us to the event.
The idea is that we will run through some safety demonstrations and exercises before a bit of fun against the clock on a twisting course; that has been carved through the 60cm-deep snow covering the ice.
“We start a little bit slowly, to get a good feeling; later, we maybe have some fun,” Eklund says. “Here, you have a chance to try all the things in these new Saabs, like the cross-wheel drive and the turbo engine.”
Eklund points to the 100 steel studs in each tyre, their to give some grip, but also points to the waiting bulldozer — with a tow rope that gets plenty of action each day — as he gets to the warning about driving technique.
“A lot of people close their eyes when something goes wrong. This is not a good solution,” he says, with typically deadpan Swedish humour.
“You have to drive the cars. Eventually, computers will do it for you, but not today."
“Always do something. Do not stop driving. Otherwise, there will be some problems — and you have the chance to take some nice pictures while the tractor comes to tow you out.”
So we get down to action and quickly learn that a simple braking exercise is much, much tougher on sheet ice than it is on dry bitumen.
Try turning the wheel as well, to steer away from a make-believe moose (a man in a snow suit with antlers on his head), and it's easy to trigger a potential disaster.
When we head to the twisty forest track for some fun, and to see what cross-wheel drive can really do, things hot up. A lot.
It seems impossible that any car can go so quickly with so much control, although it's easy to slide over the limit and into the powdery snow banks. The tractor gets some work, including one tow for us.
We learn about the need to be gentle, smooth and elegant to drive well in these conditions — lessons that should flow back to everyday driving without the white, icy edge.
Then Eklund and another rally champion, Kenneth Backlund, show us how it's really done when they jump into a pair of black Aero X weapons equipped with narrow snow tyres and giant rally studs for extra grip.
Whereas we struggled to get through the icy corners at 60km/h, Eklund and Backlund are sliding sideways at well over 100km/h on the ice lake, before uncorking the Saabs on a mock-up rally stage through deep snow in the forest.
They are silly fast, with the speedo needle twisting around past 190km/h, yet the cars feel safe, secure, comfortable and toasty warm.
So, what is different? Apart from the drivers and the studs, absolutely nothing. These are showroom-stock Saabs, exactly the same as the cars that are coming to Australia. And that is massively impressive.
So, what did we learn? Probably not a huge amount, beyond the quality of the new cross-wheel-drive Saabs and the potential for a significant Saab sales boost in Australia once the Aero X and Turbo X hit our shores.
But the ice-driving experience was a reminder of the need to learn to drive well — really well — to get the best from your car and to avoid the sort of nasty incidents that are so common on Australian roads.
Make a mistake on the ice track, and you get an embarrassing tow out of the white stuff for another go, but there's no second chance on the road in the real world.

- The Sunday Telegraph

09 March, 2008

New Fancard and an article from the U.K.

From Saab Sweden I received two nice things.

First, the new Fan Card 2008 from Eklund motorsport.



During the Rallycross races, this card will be available at the trailer of Eklund.
Also a larger picture is available at the fansite under pictures/cards.
I made also a wallpaper under pictures/wallpaper.



Second, an article from "Motorsport News" in PDF is available at this link (1.54 MB).
In this article, Eklund gives an interview about his history as rallydriver, his friends in motorsport and ofcource rallycross.

10 February, 2008

Eklund is Tired of All the Whining

Swedish rally legend Per Eklund, 61 years old, who's now driving the safety car that drives first and examins the state of the tracks (and the state of the spectators) during the Swedish Rally. Eklund, who won the rally in 1976 in a SAAB 96, isn't that impressed by all the whining by the WRC drivers.

"They have both driver's licence and a rally licence. Some are pretty well paid too. Some gravel on the road isn't anything to whine about. They've never driven the Safari Rally. Back then we couldn't just call our mommies when it got difficult. Just back of five or ten percent when it gets tricky and you're ok. What are they expecting when they're running with eight millimeter studs? There's no ice in the world that can cope with that."

from www.nwt.se

24 January, 2008

Eklund drives the WRC Swedish Rally 2008

Eklund will drive the Uddeholm Swedish Rally 2008, the second round of the world rally championship (WRC).


The Swedish Championship part of Uddeholm Swedish Rally starts on Friday evening February 8 at 08:00 with the Super Special Stage at Färjestadstravet, located just a few kilometres from the city of Karlstad. The 2km stage has a 30m jump in its route.

In terms of road distances, the event will be significantly shorter because the stage held previously in the north of the Varmland region will not be run this year. The other novelty this year will be the use of remote service parks each day, held firstly in Sunne then twice in Hagfors.


Per Eklund will drive the '00' car, one of the three cars who will inspect the tracks ahead of the WRC drivers.


The '0' drivers of this year are:

0 Björn Waldegård
00 Per Eklund
000 Björn Johansson


Eklund also drove this event last year. Here are three pictures I found:

After this event, Eklund will drive to the north of Sweden to work as instructor for six weeks at the 'Saab ice experiance 2008' (just as last year, see here)

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