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Racing world mourns Bjorn Waldegaard


Racing world mourns Bjorn Waldegaard


Swedish driver Bjorn Waldegaard, who became rallying’s first world champion in 1979, has died of cancer at the age of 70.

Waldegaard clinched 16 world championship rallies in his career, including Monte Carlo, and won his title after a tense battle with Finland’s Hannu Mikkola at the wheel of a Ford Escort in Europe and a Mercedes in Africa.

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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