Already from early years, Pontus Tidemand has had his main goal set – to become a professional driver. With motorsport running in the family, he got his first quad at the age of two, something that he still considers one of the best gifts he has ever had.
Between 2003 and 2007, Pontus successfully drove crosscart – he became both Nordic and Swedish champion – and did some educational rallying as well. He tried track racing in 2008 when he drove JTCC (Junior Touring Car Championship) for Team KMS. He got the best help possible within racing and quickly reached success with pole position and victory in his second race.
In 2009, Pontus made his rally debut on senior level and did two years of Subaru Cup. The first year he finished second and following year he won. A year later, in 2011, Pontus became the youngest ever to recieve the title Swedish Rally Champion after a great championship season in a Ford Fiesta S2000. Pontus made his WRC debut in Rally Sweden 2013 and although techical difficulties stopped him from finishing the rally, he got to show off his capacity by setting impressive stage times and had a solid fourth place on the second day of the rally.
In 2013, Pontus won the Junior World Rally Champion title.
The 2014 rally season started well, with victory on the KNA Rally Finnskog (Škoda Fabia S2000) and Mountain Rally (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), before finishing 8th overall on Rally Sweden (Ford Fiesta RS WRC). He showed his true WRC-2 potential with victory (and 9th overall) on Rally Germany, 3rd WRC-2 (11th overall) on Rally Portugal and 4th WRC-2 (23rd overall) on Rally France.
In 2015 Pontus Tidemand joined manufacturer Skoda Motorsport. Together with co-driver Emil Axelsson he became the Asian Pacific Rally Champion. The duo also contested selected WRC2 events with the new Skoda Fabia R5, and racked up 4 podiums including victory Rally Spain. He also became the Swedish Rally Sprint Champion. At the end of the season Emil Axelsson moved on to other challenges, and Pontus were joined by Swede Jonas Andersson in the car.
2016 were another successful year for Pontus with Skoda Motorsport. Together with the new co-driver Jonas he racked up 4 podiums in the WRC2, including a win at Portugal. The duo also contested selected events in Skoda’s home country, Czeck Republic, picking up valuable experience and podiums with the Skoda Fabia R5.
More success to come for the Swedish duo as they entered the 2017 season together with Skoda Motorsport. Together they won 5 of the 7 WRC2 events they competed at, in addition to two other podiums. At Rally Germany, they were crowned the FIA WRC2 Champions for 2017.
Pontus and Jonas will continue their successful partnership with Skoda Motorsport also in 2018.