Thed Björk (born 14 December 1980 in Vretstorp, Örebro) is a Swedish racing driver, and 2017 World Touring Car Champion. Other notable titles include the 2006 Swedish Touring Car Championship and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. He also finished second in 2005 and 2009, and third in the 2008 STCC and the 2012 TTA – Racing Elite League.

Career

Early career

After graduating from Karting in 1997 Björk raced in the Swedish and Nordic Formula 3 series, taking both titles in 1999. For 2000 he went to the United States to race in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Björk took one pole position, lap record at Mid-Ohio and two fastest race laps. His best race finish was a fourth place and had he had one fifth and three sixth places. Björk finished 10th overall.

2001 saw Björk race in several different series; concentrating on the FIA Sportscar Championship SR2 class for Sportscar Racing Team Sweden, taking the title together with American Larry Oberto. Björk finished third in the Swedish GT series, and was on the podium in 11 out of 12 races, and he also made his debut in STCC, filling in for Kristoffersson Motorsport's Roberto Colciago for one weekend. There he showed pace from the start, finishing second in one of the weekend's two races. He also raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona, taking the class pole position and fastest lap but had to retire after gearbox failure while in the lead.

In 2002 Björk raced in the Formula 3000 series for team Nordic but did not score any points and finished 15th overall and 12th in the LMP900 class in the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans racing for Courage Compétition.

He returned to Sweden in 2003 for another stint of GTR, this time taking the title in a Chrysler Viper GTS-R, winning all of the races he started in - only a single non-start prevented him from winning every single event. GTR however was disbanded by the end of the year, leaving Björk without a seat for 2004.

When Niklas Lovén and the works STCC BMW team WestCoast Racing parted ways midway through the 2004 season, Björk was called in to replace him. He took two podium finishes and ended up 11th overall. He stayed with the team for 2005, winning two races, was on the podium in six out of eight races and finished second overall.

Björk competing in the 2012 TTA-Racing Elite League.

In 2006 he signed for the Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi team, the same team that he raced for in 2001. The move proved to be a successful one; Björk took the championship lead with a win in the first race and kept it for the rest of the season, taking the title ahead of his former teammate Richard Göransson. During the season he took three race wins and finished on the podium on six occasions.

DTM

When the Futurecom TME Audi DTM driver Nicolas Kiesa injured his leg in a motocross accident with two races remaining Björk was called in as a replacement. In an outdated 2004 car he was third on the first free practice - his first run in the car - but then returned to where the older cars were usually seen, further down the field. He was rumored to drive for Audi for the 2007 season, but missed out on a drive.

Racing record

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Barber Dodge Pro Series

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 SEB
10
MIA
5
NAZ
23
LRP
12
DET
10
CLE
4
MDO
11
ROA
6
VAN
6
LAG
8
RAT
6
HMS
19
10th 83

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 France Courage Compétition France Didier Cottaz
France Boris Derichebourg
Courage C60-Judd LMP900 322 15th 11th

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2002 Coca-Cola Nordic Racing INT IMO CAT A1R MON NUR SIL MAG
Ret
HOC
7
HUN
13
SPA
8
MNZ
7
16th 0

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2006 Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC LAU OSC BRH NOR NÜR ZAN CAT BUG
14
HOC
15†
22nd 0

Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of race distance.

Complete Swedish Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2001 Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi A4 Quattro FAL
1
FAL
2
MAN
1

Ret
MAN
2

2
KAR
1
KAR
2
JYL
1
JYL
2
FAL
1
FAL
2
KNU
1
KNU
2
MOI
1
MOI
2
18th 12
Euroracing Alfa Romeo 156 KAR
1

Ret
KAR
2

15
KNU
1
KNU
2
MAN
1
MAN
2
2004 West Coast Racing BMW 320i KNU
1
KNU
2
FAL
1
FAL
2
KAR
1
KAR
2
MAN
1
MAN
2
FAL
1
FAL
2
KNU
1

Ret
KNU
2

14
ARC
1
ARC
2
KAR
1

4
KAR
2

3
MAN
1

3
MAN
2

4
11th 48
2005 West Coast Racing BMW 320i KNU
1
KAR
3
AND
3
FAL
6
KNU
DNS
KAR
1
VAL
2
MAN
3
2nd 141
2006 Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi A4 KNU
1
KAR
3
MAN
7
FAL
1
VAL
2
AND
16
KAR
1
KNU
2
MAN
4
1st 59
2007 Kristoffersson Motorsport Audi A4 STU
7
KNU
Ret
MAN
3
KAR
3
AND
3
VAL
15
FAL
1
KAR
4
KNU
4
STU
Ret
MAN
8
4th 41
2008 Honda Racing Honda Accord Euro R KNU
9
STU
3
MAN
1
KAR
6
GÖT
1
STU
3
FAL
Ret
KAR
1
KNU
7
VAL
5
MAN
3
3rd 57
2009 Flash Engineering BMW 320si E90 MAN
1

4
MAN
2

2
KAR
1

4
KAR
2

3
GÖT
1

2
GÖT
2

4
KNU
1

3
KNU
2

Ret
FAL
1

2
FAL
2

3
KAR
1

4
KAR
2

4
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

3
KNU
1

2
KNU
2

11
MAN
1

4
MAN
2

Ret
2nd 94
2010 Flash Engineering BMW 320si E90 JYL
1

8
JYL
2

4
KNU
1

10
KNU
2

4
KAR
1

15†
KAR
2

4
GÖT
1

DNS
GÖT
2

13†
FAL
1

2
FAL
2

5
KAR
1

3
KAR
2

3
JYL
1

4
JYL
2

1
KNU
1

6
KNU
2

1
MAN
1

13
MAN
2

5
5th 179

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Scandinavian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2011 Biogas.se Volkswagen Scirocco JYL
1
JYL
2
KNU
1
KNU
2
MAN
1
MAN
2
GÖT
1
GÖT
2
FAL
1
FAL
2
KAR
1
KAR
2
JYL
1
JYL
2
KNU
1
KNU
2
MAN
1

7
MAN
2

7
20th 12
2013 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA KNU
1

4
KNU
2

1
SOL
1

1
GÖT
1

1
FAL
1

1
FAL
2

14†
ÖST
1

1
KAR
1

1
KAR
2

1
TIE
1

3
MAN
1

4
MAN
2

1
1st 258
2014 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA KNU
1

7
KNU
2

4
GÖT
1

9
GÖT
2

1
FAL
1

3
FAL
2

9
KNU
1

4
KNU
2

1
SOL
1

5
SOL
2

1
MAN
1

4
MAN
2

2
1st 279
2015 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA VRS
1

1
VRS
2

1
AND
1

1
AND
2

4
MAN
1

1
MAN
2

2
FAL
1

3
FAL
2

11†
KAR
1

1
KAR
2

4
1st 366
Volvo Cyan Racing SOL
1

3
SOL
2

6
KNU
1

3
KNU
2

3

Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of race distance.

Complete TTA - Racing Elite League results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2012 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo S60 TTA KAR
1

4
AND
1

Ret
GÖT
1

1
FAL
1

6
KAR
1

2
AND
1

3
STO
1

4
GÖT
1

1
3rd 121

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos Pts
2013 Volvo Polestar Racing Volvo C30 DRIVe ITA
1
ITA
2
MAR
1
MAR
2
SVK
1
SVK
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
POR
1
POR
2
ARG
1
ARG
2
USA
1
USA
2
JPN
1
JPN
2
CHN
1

DNS
CHN
2

15
MAC
1
MAC
2
NC 0
2016 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
7

Ret

DSQ

DSQ

15

4

9

10

Ret

8

Ret

15

7

6

11

14

6

7

1

7

6

2
10th 117
2017 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
2

7

5

1

NC

7

1

4

3

2

6

3

NC

2‡

4

5

4

5

5

4
1st 283.5

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete World Touring Car Cup results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2018 M Racing - YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR MAR
1

2
MAR
2

5
MAR
3

3
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

12
HUN
3

9
GER
1

2
GER
2

Ret
GER
3

1
NED
1

14
NED
2

16
NED
3

15
POR
1

Ret
POR
2

10
POR
3

1
SVK
1

13
SVK
2

10
SVK
3

4
CHN
1

1
CHN
2

7
CHN
3

1
WUH
1

12
WUH
2

Ret
WUH
3

10
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

12
JPN
3

8
MAC
1

11
MAC
2

Ret
MAC
3

8
7th 242
2019 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR MAR
1

2
MAR
2

6
MAR
3

1
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

Ret
HUN
3

5
SVK
1

23
SVK
2

22
SVK
3

11
NED
1

1
NED
2

12
NED
3

1
GER
1

11
GER
2

12
GER
3

Ret
POR
1

8
POR
2

13
POR
3

7
CHN
1

12
CHN
2

4
CHN
3

5
JPN
1

4
JPN
2

5
JPN
3

3
MAC
1

5
MAC
2

2
MAC
3

7
MAL
1

27
MAL
2

23
MAL
3

7
4th 297
2020 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR BEL
1

2
BEL
2

Ret
GER
1

4
GER
2

2
SVK
1

19
SVK
2

16
SVK
3

15
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

12
HUN
3

12
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

7
ESP
3

1
ARA
1

11
ARA
2

7
ARA
3

6
9th 142
2021 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR GER
1

13
GER
2

Ret

6

7

10

2
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

7

5

15

2

9

12

8


8th* 130*

* Season still in progress.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Swedish Formula 3 Championship
Champion

1999
Succeeded by
Mikael Karlsson
Preceded by
Nordic Formula 3 Championship
Champion

1999
Succeeded by
Mikael Karlsson
Preceded by
Peter Owen
Mark Smithson
FIA Sportscar Championship
SR2 Champion

2001
With: Larry Oberto
Succeeded by
Mirko Savoldi
Piergiuseppe Peroni
Preceded by Swedish Touring Car Championship
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by Camaro Cup
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Tobias Brink
Preceded by Scandinavian Touring Car Championship
Champion

2013-2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by World Touring Car Championship
Champion

2017
Succeeded by