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 round of the WRC2 championship, 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 round of the WRC2 championship, the Rally de Portugal this time. Three further second place finishes saw him end the season 5th in the overall standings.
He remains one of the most talented young rally drivers in Europe and a key part of the ŠKODA Motorsport family.