FAST FRED­DIE

THE AH­LIN FAM­ILY TREE

Motor Sport News - - Who Is Fredrik Ahlin? - There’s a Swede tak­ing the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship by storm. By Jack Benyon

The Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship is flush with im­pres­sive fam­ily trees to die for. It won’t take you long to find El­fyn Evans is the son of 1996 Bri­tish cham­pion Gwyn­daf, and his DMACK Bri­tish Rally Team part­ner Max Vata­nen is the son of 1981 WRC and 1976, ’80 Bri­tish cham­pion Ari.

But the latest chal­lenger to the scene – Fredrik Ah­lin – has brought an im­pres­sive lin­eage of his own.

Per­haps the most pro­lific of his an­ces­tors is grand­fa­ther Freddy Kot­tulin­sky. He was 1966 Swedish For­mula 3 cham­pion and went on to com­pete in F3, F2 and For­mula Su­per Vee through the 1970s. As if that wasn’t enough for Kot­tulin­sky, he also forged a ca­reer in tour­ing cars, sportscars and even­tu­ally in ral­ly­ing, where per­haps his big­gest achieve­ment lies. In a Volk­swa­gen Iltis, the Ger­man-born driver won the ParisDakar in one of the most im­por­tant ve­hi­cles in rally his­tory in 1980. The car it­self isn’t ex­actly iconic. The four-wheel-drive sys­tem it ran with is. It’s the tech­nol­ogy that formed the ba­sis of the sys­tems used in Audi’s Group B mon­sters. Kot­tulinksy’s daugh­ter – Su­sanne – also caught the ral­ly­ing bug. Com­pet­ing in Swe­den and in­ter­na­tion­ally with Volvo and later Audi works deals, she wasn’t short of suc­cess­ful re­sults.

Join­ing her in ral­ly­ing in the 1980s-’90s was fu­ture hus­band Jerry Ah­lin. Also a works Audi driver in Swe­den, he went on to drive for Alfa Romeo in the late 1980s.

The fam­ily ties don’t stop there. Fredrick’s younger sis­ter maybe well-known to some, as Mikaela Ah­linKot­tulin­sky com­petes in the ADAC GT Masters se­ries in an Audi R8 LMS GT3. She also boasts suc­cess­ful stints in DTM sup­port se­ries, in­clud­ing the Audi TT Cup, and a re­la­tion­ship with F1’s latest win­ner, Max Ver­stap­pen.

Mikaela (l) is forg­ing a ca­reer in GT rac­ing

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