Tin-top star Rydell retires from racing
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.”