Date of birth : 02/08/1991
Who is he? Co-driven by Joakim Sjöberg, Fredrik Åhlin is set to mount an ERC Junior Under 28 title bid in a LeoVegas World Rally Team ŠKODA Fabia R5 run by British squad CA1 Sport.
From Sweden via Britain: Hailing from Sweden, Åhlin focused on his British championship exploits in 2016 and 2017. He came within a score of taking the title last season, having won three times during the year, only to lose out to Keith Cronin in a thrilling finale on the Isle of Man.
Starting from scratch: Åhlin, who has 21 starts at world championship level, had zero experience of the events that will make up his ERC schedule ahead of the Azores Airlines Rallye opener. Despite this, the Swede has the potential to be an ERC Junior U28 title contender having placed second on his debut, which he followed up with third in class on his second outing, Rally di Roma Capitale.
Family guidance: Åhlin is the grandson of the late Freddy Kottulinsky, a successful single-seater racer and former Dakar winner. Åhlin’s parents, Jerry Åhlin and Susanne Kottulinksy, were also rally drivers, while Fredrik’s sister Mikaela has gained experience in the Audi Sport TT Cup.
Azores Airlines Rallye: 5 (ERC Junior U28: 2)
Rally Islas Canarias: DNE
EKO Acropolis Rally: DNE
Cyprus Rally: DNE
Rally di Roma Capitale: 8 (ERC Junior U28: 3)
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE