Pontus Tidemand has quickly established himself as a fast and versatile driver, scoring major success in crosskart, rallying, rallycross and touring cars.
Born in 1990 in Charlottenberg, Sweden, Pontus began his racing career at the age of 14 in the Swedish Crosskart Championship, where he became both Nordic and Swedish champion.
It was in 2007 that he first stepped into a rally car, taking part in a number of national events. Despite dabbling in touring cars in 2008, his priority was always rallying and in 2009 he finished runner-up in the Subaru Cup. He went one better to claim the title the following year and in 2011 he became the youngest Swedish rally champion of all time. That gave him the opportunity to enter the FIA WRC Academy in 2012, where three podium finishes would see him finish third overall.
It was also 2012, when Tidemand came into contact with ŠKODA for the first time, driving a FABIA S2000 at the Rally Uppsala, the Vinterpokalen and the Västrallyt, as well as finishing third overall in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) event in Sweden.
The 2013 season saw yet more success as three victories saw Tidemand win the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC).
The following year he was competing in the WRC2 championship and his regular top 10 finishes - including a maiden victory at the Rallye Deutschland - caught the eye. He also enjoyed more success with ŠKODA, winning the Rally Finnskog in Norway in a FABIA 2000.
Tidemand’s rapid rise was cemented in 2015, when he joined the ŠKODA Motorsport works team, winning another WRC2 round, the Rally Catalunya, and also securing the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with five victories.
In 2016 Tidemand, driving alongside new co-driver Jonas Andersson, won another WRC2 round, the Rally de Portugal this time. Three further second place finishes saw him end the season fifth in the overall standings.
The 2017 season began well for Tidemand as he clinched his first victory at his home event, the Rally Sweden. He went on to win four more WRC2 rallies, the Rally Guanajuato Mexico, Rally Argentina, Rally de Portugal and the Rally Wales GB. He added one runner-up finish at the Rally Poland and a third place finish at the Rallye Deutschland and so became WRC2 Champion. His victory in Wales was his eighth in the WRC2 Championship which made him the driver with the most event wins in the history of the championship.
Tidemand and Andersson remain a key part of the ŠKODA Motorsport family. They are back to defend their title in a FABIA R5 this season.