Date of birth : 02/08/1991
Who is he? Co-driven by Joakim Sjöberg, Fredrik Åhlin will contest the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship 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 eight events that will make up the 2018 ERC calendar ahead of the Azores Airlines Rallye opener. Despite this, the Swede has the potential to be a title contender.
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.