Tin-top star Ry­dell re­tires from rac­ing

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Tour­ing car star Rickard Ry­dell has re­tired from rac­ing.

The Swede, 48, won the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in 1998 with Volvo and was the se­cond most suc­cess­ful driver dur­ing the BTCC’S Su­per Tour­ing era, be­hind Alain Menu. Ry­dell claimed 21 wins in his seven-year spell in the se­ries.

More re­cently he has raced in the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, but has been un­able to land a full-time drive since 2012 and has now de­cided to hang up his hel­met.

“I’ve only done a few races over the past cou­ple of years, and if I can’t do a full sea­son, I’d pre­fer to stop,” Ry­dell told MN’S sis­ter ti­tle Au­tosport. “I feel very priv­i­leged that for 20 years I had a man­u­fac­turer con­tract; I don’t think too many driv­ers can say they had that.”

Ry­dell won the Ma­cau For­mula 3 Grand Prix in 1992 and re­vealed he was of­fered an F1 drive with Jor­dan for the fol­low­ing sea­son.

“But it was de­pen­dent on find­ing the money and at that time F1 wasn’t even shown on TV in Swe­den, so there was no chance,” he said. “I de­cided to stay in Ja­pan and then said yes to Volvo for 1994, so it all worked out for me.”

Ry­dell has now stepped back

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