Jimmy Eriksson is a Swedish racing driver who currently competes in the Blancpain GT Series. He made a sports car debut in 2017, previously competing in several single-seater ladder series (GP2 Series, GP3 Series, Formula 3, Formula Renault). His greatest success so far is a victory in the German F3 Championship in 2012.
His younger brother Joel Eriksson (born 1998) is also successful racer, becoming BMW driver in DTM in 2018.
Early years with Motopark Academy
Born in March 1991 in Tomelilla, Eriksson spent his teenage years in karting competitions, stepping up to car racing in 2009, driving for Motopark Academy in different Formula Renault championships (NEC, NEZ, Sweden, Eurocup).
Staying with the same team, Eriksson made a move to Formula 3 in 2010, spending a full season in the German championship (ATS Formel 3 Cup) and having one guest appearance in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He was a race winner once in the German Formula 3, finishing sixth in the points.
Jimmy Eriksson - German F3 champion in 2012
German Formula 3 champion in 2012
In 2011, his main competition, again with Motopark Academy, was the Formula 3 Euro Series, in which he finished ninth without wins or podiums.
In 2012, Eriksson returned to the German Formula 3 Championship, driving for Motopark Academy under the Lotus banner. He scored eight wins in the #14 Dallara-Volkswagen, capturing the championship title with a big advantage over second-placed Lucas Auer.
Jimmy is celebrating GP3 Series win at Silverstone
Three seasons in the GP3 Series
In 2013, Eriksson made a step up on the single-seater ladder, entering the GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix team. In his debut year, he scored no points in the #17 car.
For the 2014 GP3 Series season, Jimmy moved to Koiranen GP team, becoming one of the front-runners in the series. He was on a podium five times, including two wins at Silverstone and Monza, to finish fourth in the points. He stayed one more year with the same team in the same competition, scoring one victory (Sochi) in 2015 and finishing fifth in the points.
Jimmy was driving for Arden in the 2016 GP2 Series season
A season with Arden in the GP2 Series
The next step in Eriksson's career was the GP2 Series in 2016. He was driving the #25 car for Arden International, finishing in the points just once in nine rounds (eighteen races). He missed the last two rounds due to lack of financial support.
It was the end of his career and he had to decide in which way he would develop a career. He decided to enter sports car racing.
In 2017, Jimmy spent a season with HTP Motorsport
Racing with Mercedes in the Blancpain GT Series
Eriksson recorded his first GT racing experience back in 2014 when he joined Sebastien Loeb Racing in one round of the European Le Mans Series, scoring a victory at Estoril in the #24 Oreca LMP2 prototype together with Vincent Capillaire.
In 2017, Eriksson joined HTP Motorsport to drive their Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series, both in the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup. His partner in ten Sprint Cup races was Dominik Baumann and they finished 14th in the points with one podium (Misano). In the Endurance Cup, Eriksson scored two podiums in the #84 Mercedes, together with Maxi Buhk and Franck Perera at Monza and Silverstone, finishing third in the points.