Anders Olofsson

Born:
31st March 1952
Argelholm, Skane
Died:
22nd January 2008 (Aged 55)
Halmstad, Halland
Nationality:
Swedish
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Anders Olofsson was one of the most successful Formula 3 drivers of the mid-1970s but it was in sports car and touring car racing that he forged his long career.

Formula 3

 He raced in F3 from 1975 and Olofsson emerged as a real factor in his third season when driving a Ralt RT1-Toyota prepared by his father. He challenged Piercarlo Ghinzani for the 1977 European title only to finish as runner-up although he was crowned Swedish F3 Champion. Runner-up again in the 1978 European Championship (beaten this time by Jan Lammers), he retained the national title.

Sports cars and Formula 2

He also made his sports car debut in 1978 when sixth at Mugello with a BMW Sweden 320i and Bo Emanuelsson. Without the funds to graduate full-time to the senior single-seater formulae, Olofsson only started three Formula 2 races with ninth at Mantorp Park in 1981 driving a two-year-old March-Hart his best result.

Touring car success

His future lay in tin-tops and Olofsson was a regular in the European Touring Car Championship with a Volvo 240 Turbo from 1984. A race winner at Brno in 1985, he was also racing in Japan by now. His subsequent partnership with Nissan and more particularly Masahiro Hasemi yielded both the Japanese sports car (1990) and touring car titles (1989 and 1991). He also shared the winning Nissan Skyline GT-R in the 1991 Spa 24 Hours with David Brabham and Naoki Hattori.

GT racing

A star in Japan, the reintroduction of GT racing in Europe during the 1990s gave Olofsson another opportunity closer to home. He drove Strandell Motorsport’s Ferrari F40 to pole position at Járama and Dijon-Prenois in 1994 before sharing the winning car at Vallelunga with Luciano della Noce his co-driver.

The partnership continued for three seasons and they won again at Anderstorp in 1996. Olofsson switched to GTC Competition’s Gulf-sponsored McLaren F1-GTR-BMW for the following season and came within a lap of overall victory at Le Mans. Sharing with Jean-Marc Gounon and Pierre-Henri Raphanel, he was second in 1997 to win the GT1 class.

He retired a year later and worked in Swedish racing until his untimely death in his sleep when just 55 years old.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1997 FIA GT Championship 20th 7
1996 Global Endurance GT Championship
Ferrari Club Italia
1 0 1 1 0
1994 International GT Series
Strandell Motorsport
1 1 1 1 0
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Courage Competition
1 0 0 0 0
1991 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Porsche Kremer Racing
Nissan Motorsports
4 0 1 0 20th 4
1990 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 0 0 0
1989 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Le Mans Company
Team Le Mans
2 0 0 0 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
Le Mans Company
2 1 0 0 0
1987 World Touring Car Championship
NISMO
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1985 World Endurance Championship 3 0 0 0 69th 4
1981 European F2 Championship
Anders Olofsson
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 European F3 Championship
Tjabo Apple Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 European F3 Championship
Anders Olofsson
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 6
1979 European F2 Championship
Polifac BMW Junior Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 European F3 Championship
Strike Up Racing
Strike Up Racing Team
Walter Wolf Racing
16 4 10 4
25% win rate
2nd 71
1978 World Championship of Makes
Bo Emanuelsson
2 0 0 0 6
1978 Swedish F3 Championship 1st -
1977 European F3 Championship
Puss O Kram Jeans Racing
12 4 5 3
25% win rate
2nd 46
1977 Swedish F3 Championship 1st -
1976 European F3 Championship
Industriflyg Aviation Racing
Team Viktor
4 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 European F3 Cup
Anders Olofsson
Valdes Grill Racing Halmstad
3 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 6