ETCC: Volvo 2002 drivers profiles

James Hanson Nationality: British Hobbies: Swimming, karting, mountain biking, travel James Hanson started his racing career in 1989 at the age of 12,driving karts. In this first year he finished ninth in the British Cadet Kart Championship. It...

James Hanson
Nationality: British
Hobbies: Swimming, karting, mountain biking, travel

James Hanson started his racing career in 1989 at the age of 12,driving karts. In this first year he finished ninth in the British Cadet Kart Championship. It wasn't until 1997 though after finishing his formal education that James focussed on a professional career as a full time racing driver.

After two years as an official factory driver, competing at the highest levels of kart racing around the world, he made the step up into cars.

In 1998 he raced in the Vauxhall Junior Championship and progressively honed his skills during the year, becoming very competitive towards the end of his first season. The following year his talent and additional experience began to tell as he won races at Silverstone, Snetterton and Mondello Park in the UK in the Formula Vauxhall and Formula EFDA Championships as well as three wins in the North American Formula Ford 2000 series. His 1999 season was rounded off with a pole position in the Formula Asia 2000 Macau Grand Prix.

In 2000, James raced solely in the US Formula Ford 2000 Pro Series, winning one race at Road Atlanta and finishing on the podium five times. James again finished off the season at Macau with a fourth place and setting a new lap record.

2001 was James's first season in touring cars. He drove an Edenbridge-prepared Super Production BMW in the European Touring Car Championship. This was very much a learning year and one in which he took the opportunity to learn the circuits being used in the series. His paced increased over the course of the championship with his best result, a third place at Jarama in Spain, coming towards the end of the season.Career highlights

European Touring Car Championship
10th overall, best place third

US Formula Ford 2000 Pro Series - 4th
Winner - one race
"Greg Moore Rookie of the Year"

Formula Asia 2000 Macau Grand Prix - 4th
Lap record

US Formula Ford 2000
Winner - three races

Formula Vauxhall Championship
Winner - one race

Formula EFDA (Opel Lotus)
Winner - two races

Formula Asia 2000 Macau Grand Prix
Pole position

Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship - 7th

North American Kart Championship - 7th
European Kart Championship
World Kart Championships
Grand Prix of Asia

European Kart Championship - 3rd
British Kart Championship
Belgian Kart Championship

British Kart Championship

British Cadet Kart Championship - 9th

Rickard Rydell
Nationality: Swedish
First race: Mantorp Park,1986
Hobbies: golf, snowboarding, waterskiing and boating

A double Swedish kart champion before he was 18, Rydell graduated to Swedish Formula 3 in 1987 and was championship runner-up two years running. He moved to the UK to join the Eddie Jordan Racing F3 team, finishing the year fourth in the championship. A step up to British F3000 in 1990 netted a win at Brands Hatch and a fourth in the series.

Rydell then returned to F3 with the new TOM'S Toyota team, winning the season opener but failing to follow this up with any further victories. Greater success followed in 1992/93 when he raced in Japan with the TOM'S F3 team - victories included the Macau Grand Prix in 1992.

Thanks to his solid background in racing, Rickard has created an enormously broad platform for himself and great racing maturity. Rickard started competing in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 1994 with Volvo and began to make his mark on the Championship in 1995 with four race wins and 13 pole positions to take third in the Championship. He claimed a further four wins and four poles in the 1996 season, netting him another third in the championship. 1997 was less successful, with only one win and one pole, but he put this disappointment behind him to take the 1998 crown for Volvo in one of the most competitive BTCC seasons ever. He ended his year on a high with victory in the ANP Bathurst 1000kms. In a competitive 1999 BTCC season Rydell showed a consistent pace and came third.

At the beginning of 2000, Rydell signed to drive for Prodrive in the Ford Mondeo alongside Alain Menu and Anthony Reid. The triplet showed tremendous ability and teamwork throughout the year and finished the season with an amazing 1-2-3 in the Drivers' Championship.

In 2001, Rickard competed for the Prodrive Ferrari team in a 550 GTS Maranello in the FIA GT Championship, winning two out of five races. This year, in addition to competing in the Volvo S60 Racing Team in the ETCC, he will continue to race for the Prodrive Ferrari team. Already, he has driven alongside Alain Menu and Tomas Enge at the 12 hours of Sebring in March and will race with them again at the Le Mans 24 hours in June.

Career highlights

FIA GT Championship
Winner - two races

British Touring Car Championship - 3rd
Winner - three races

British Touring Car Championship - 3rd
Winner - four races

British Touring Car Championship - 1st
Winner - five races

Bathurst 1000 - 1st

British Touring Car Championship - 4th
Winner - one race

British Touring Car Championship - 3rd
Winner - four races

British Touring Car Championship - 3rd
Winner - four races

British Touring Car Championship

Japanese Formula 3 - 2nd
Winner - three races

Japanese Formula 3 - 3rd
Winner - three races

F3 FIA World Cup race Macau Grand Prix - 1st

British Formula 3 - 6th

Takes pole position in Macau (F3 FIA World Cup race)

British Formula 3000 - 4th

Drivers a Group C1 Porsche 962 in Japan

Four Formula 3 races with TOMS in Japan

British Formula 3 - 4th
Debut win at Thruxton

Swedish Formula 3 - 2nd

Swedish Kart Champion in 100cc class


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Series General
Drivers Tomas Enge , Eddie Jordan , Anthony Reid , Rickard Rydell , Greg Moore , Alain Menu