Ove Andersson

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Ove Andersson at the Monaco Grand Prix 2002
Ove Andersson in the Saab 96; at the 1000 Lakes Rally in 1965

Ove Andersson (born January 3, 1938 in Uppsala , † June 11, 2008 in Oudtshoorn , South Africa ) was a Swedish rally driver and rally and Formula 1 team boss of Toyota Racing . Andersson's nickname was "Påven" (Swedish for "the Pope").

Rally career

He began his career in 1962 as a rally driver behind the wheel of a Saab before joining the Lancia factory team. That didn't stop him from competing in sports car races like the Targa Florio and the Daytona 24 Hours .

He celebrated his greatest successes with David Stone by winning the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally on a Renault Alpine A110 and together with Arne Hertz at the 1975 Safari Rally on a Peugeot 504 . In 1971, his most successful year, he achieved further victories at the San Remo Rally , the International Austrian Alpine Tour and the Acropolis Rally . During the 1973 World Rally Championship , he took second place on an Alpine at the Monte Carlo Rally and third place on a Peugeot 504 at the Rallye Safari. Jean Todt , who later became the Peugeot and Scuderia Ferrari team boss, was temporarily his co-driver.

His last active engagement as a rally driver was in 1982 in the Ivory Coast Rally .

Team principal for Toyota

In later years, Andersson founded his own team, Andersson Motorsport , with whom he moved from Sweden to Brussels in 1979 and four years later to Cologne-Marsdorf .

Finally he sold it as "Toyota Team Europe" to the manufacturer himself. Before his withdrawal from rallying in 1999, the team achieved a total of four drivers 'and three manufacturers' titles (1993, 1994 and 1999) in the World Rally Championship.

After the Toyota company decided to enter Formula 1 , Andersson was entrusted with the organization of the project, which was relocated to Cologne. In the first few years one remained relatively successful in achieving the first points and successes. In 2003, when he reached the mandatory retirement age in Japanese companies, he remained with the group in an advisory capacity until 2007.

During this phase he left his adopted home Germany, retired in South Africa and bought the Kwelanga Country Retreat Lodge with his partner Ronel Dahms .

Deadly accident

During the Continental Milligan Vintage Trial , an orientation and reliability drive over 670 km and four days, an oncoming minibus crashed on the Outeniqua Pass road (national road N12), which overtook a truck before an unmanageable bend, head-on into the one driven by Andersson Volvo PV444 , which initiated an evasive maneuver, but could no longer avoid the taxi bus that had skidded. Andersson was killed in impact with the steering wheel. His 65-year-old co-driver and owner of the Volvo suffered a leg fracture as well as head and chest injuries, while the taxi driver was only slightly injured.

Andersson was married three times, leaving behind a wife, two sons and a daughter. His son Fredrik worked as a technician for the Renault Formula 1 team , while his second wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Nyström, who also repeatedly acted as a rally co-driver for himself and others, made a political career and as a member of parliament in Sweden Parliament moved in.

At the race on June 22, 2008 in Magny-Cours , the Toyota Formula 1 team started with a black ribbon in his honor . When Jarno Trulli finished this race in third place, which was also the best result for a Toyota since the 2006 Formula 1 season , the team dedicated this podium finish to Ove Andersson and chief engineer Dieter Gass emphasized that you cannot get into the formula without Andersson 1 would have reached.


Sebring results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1968 United StatesUnited States HF Squadra Algar Enterprises Lancia Fulvia HF Zagato Proto ItalyItaly Claudio Maglioli United StatesUnited States Bert Everett failure Engine failure

Individual results in the sports car world championship

season team race car 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th
1967 Lancia Lancia Fulvia United StatesUnited States DAY United StatesUnited States SEB ItalyItaly MON BelgiumBelgium SPA ItalyItaly TAR GermanyGermany ONLY FranceFrance LEM GermanyGermany HOK ItalyItaly MUG United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH ItalyItaly CCE AustriaAustria ZEL SwitzerlandSwitzerland OVI GermanyGermany ONLY
1968 Algar Enterprises Lancia Fulvia United StatesUnited States DAY United StatesUnited States SEB United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH ItalyItaly MON ItalyItaly TAR GermanyGermany ONLY BelgiumBelgium SPA United StatesUnited States WAT AustriaAustria ZEL FranceFrance LEM
1974 Max Moritz Porsche 911 Carrera ItalyItaly MON BelgiumBelgium SPA GermanyGermany ONLY ItalyItaly IMO FranceFrance LEM AustriaAustria ZEL United StatesUnited States WAT FranceFrance LEC United KingdomUnited Kingdom BRH South Africa 1961South Africa KYA

Web links

Commons : Ove Andersson  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.motorsport-total.com/f1/news/2008/06/Die_Motorsportwelt_trauert_um_Ove_Andersson_08061104.html
  2. Update Ove Andersson ( Memento from July 1, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20456.html
  4. www.guardian.co.uk, June 12, 2008
  5. www.motorsport-total.com, June 16, 2008
  6. www.motorsport-total.com, June 22, 2008