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Slim Borgudd

Full Name:
Karl Edward Tommy Borgudd
25th November 1946 (Age 73)
Borgholm, Oland
Most recent race (in database):

When 34 year old Slim Borgudd made his Formula 1 debut in the 1981 San Marino Grand Prix, that he was ABBA’s former drummer and sponsored by the Swedish superstars were the most discussed facts about his career to date. But he was far from disgraced during his year as a GP driver and he even finished sixth at Silverstone.

A career in music and motor racing

Born on the Baltic Island of Oland, Borgudd combined a budding career as a jazz drummer with his first steps into racing during the late 1960s. Forever struggling for sponsorship to progress his racing career, Borgudd worked as a session musician including for ABBA.

He raced in Formula 3 from 1976 to 1979 and that fourth season in the category was his finest. Borgudd won the Swedish title with a self-run but underfunded Ralt RT1-Toyota and finished a distant third in a European series dominated by Alain Prost.

Formula 1 with ATS and Tyrrell

He only raced once in 1980 (in Monaco’s F3 support) so his elevation to the ATS F1 team a year later was a real surprise. 13th on his debut at Imola, the Swede failed to qualify for the next four GPs. But Borgudd was 21st on the grid for the 1981 British GP and benefited from a race of attrition to score the final point of the day when sixth. Borgudd took his meagre sponsorship to Tyrrell for 1982 but that ran out after just three starts that included seventh in Brazil.

Subsequent racing career

With F1 ambitions satisfied but over, Borgudd only raced intermittently during the next few seasons. He won the 1989 Willhire 24 Hour production saloon car race at Snetterton before successfully turning his attention to truck racing.

Also competing in Scandinavian touring cars by the mid 1990s, he enjoyed a double championship winning season in 1994 with a Mazda Xedos Six. FIA truck champion a year later, he retired from competition in 1997 although Borgudd remains the Managing Director of the Radical sports car company’s international arm.