First world champion Waldegaard dead at 70

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(Reuters) – Swedish driver Bjorn Waldegaard, who became rallying’s first world champion 1979, has died of at age of 70, ( website) reported .

Waldegaard won 16 world championship rallies career, including Monte Carlo, and won title after a battle with Finland’s Hannu Mikkola at wheel of a Ford Escort Europe and a Mercedes 450 SLC . [eap_ad_1] Swede won East African Safari four times and also triumphed in the Ivory Coast.

last Safari , at the age of 46 1990 a Toyota, made him the oldest winner of a world championship .