First world champion Waldegaard dead at 70

LONDON (Reuters) – Swedish driver Bjorn Waldegaard, who became rallying’s first world champion in 1979, has died of cancer at the age of 70, the official ( website) reported on Friday.

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

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


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