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Jonas Andersson

Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Poland 2016

Born on New Year’s Day 1977 in Arvika, Sweden, Jonas Andersson had turned 41 this year, which makes him one of the most experienced co-drivers around.

His route into motorsport came through Swedish Folkrace, a popular and affordable regional form of rallycross. He started in rallying alongside fellow Swede Per-Gunnar Andersson (no relation) in 2002. By 2004 they had won the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC), a title they claimed again in 2007.

In 2006, Andersson co-drove a ŠKODA for the first time, with Mattias Ekström, at the Rallye Deutschland. Alongside Per-Gunnar Andersson, he also co-drove the same car to two victories in Norway in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

In 2009, funding problems of PG Andersson saw Jonas switch to co-drive alongside Norwegian Mads Østberg. They won the Norwegian Rally Championship in 2011, and in 2012 enjoyed a maiden FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event victory at the Rally de Portugal.

Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Sweden 2017
Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson, ŠKODA FABIA R5, ŠKODA Motorsport. Rally Sweden 2017

By 2016, feeling the need for a new challenge, Andersson opted to join ŠKODA Motorsport as co-driver to fellow Swede Pontus Tidemand.  In their first season together, they won one round of the WRC2 Championship, the Rally de Portugal, and claimed three more podium finishes, ending up fifth in the final WRC2 standings.

In 2017, Tidemand and Andersson enjoyed great success. They won five rounds of the WRC2 championship, the Rally Sweden, Rally Guanajuato Mexico, Rally Argentina, Rally de Portugal (again) and Rally Wales GB. Added to two more podium places, that meant they won the WRC2 championship title.

Andersson is sitting alongside Pontus Tidemand in the ŠKODA FABIA R5 once again in 2018.

Milestones

  • 2016
    Czech National Championship

    2 podiums: Rallye Český Krumlov, Rallye Šumava Klatovy

  • 2016
    Swedish National Championship

    1 win: Rally Uppsala

  • 2016
    Lithuanian / Latvian Rally Championship

    1 win: Rally Žemaitija