Ramona Karlsson in a Swedish rallycross and rally driver who currently competes in regional rallycross championship (RallyX Nordic). She recorded six starts in the World Rallycross Championship and six starts in the European Rallycross Championship in 2014 and 2015.
Ramona was active in rallying until 2013. Earlier in a career, she recorded five starts in the World Rally Championship, making her WRC debut in 2008 and participating in the Production WRC competition in 2012.
Active in motorsport since the age 4
Born in January 1981 in Kil in Swedish Värmland County, Ramona has been active in motorsport since she was four years old. She competed in motocross, crosskart and junior rallycross, winning two Swedish crosskart championship titles and two Swedish championship medals in junior rallycross.
In 2001, she started a rallying career, spending an entire decade in national rally competitions with different cars – Saab 900, Volkswagen Golf, Audi 90 quattro, Subaru Impreza STi or Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V.
Ramona Karlsson and Miriam Walfridson at 2008 Rally Sweden
World Rally Championship debut in 2008
Ramona Karlsson made his WRC debut in 2008, driving the #74 Subaru Impreza STi N14 at Swedish Rally. She finished 47th overall and 29th in Class N4. It was her first event with new co-driver Miriam Walfridsson and they stayed partners until the end of Ramona's rally career.
In 2010, Ramona switched to Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX and expanded his rally activities to international events in 2010 and 2011, like Rally Sørland in Norway, Rally Yorkshire in the UK, Rally Poland or Lausitz Rallye in Germany.
Ramona Karlsson in 2012
2012 – a season in the Production WRC
In 2012, Ramona Karlsson and Miriam Walfridsson became regular competitors in the Production World Rally Championship, participating in four events with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. They finished sixth in class at Rally Mexico, what remained their best results.
In the next three events, Ramona recorded DNFs at Rally Argentina, Rally New Zealand and Rallye Deutschland. The most traumatic was a retirement at New Zealand, where her car burst into flames.
Ramona Karlsson at 2013 Rally Uppsala
First female rally driver to win rally in Sweden
In 2013, Karlsson switched her focus on the Swedish Rally Championship, driving a Škoda Fabia WRC. In September, she was on a podium at East Sweden Rally and then, in October, she became the first-ever female rally driver to win a rally in Sweden. She and Miriam Walfridsson have won Rally Uppsala. They finished the season in the second place of the T4WD class.
She was voted as 'Rally driver of the Year' in Sweden. It was the last rally season for Ramona Karlsson, after that she reactivated her rallycross career.
Ramona Karlsson and Per Eklund in 2014
Double rallycross programme in 2014
In 2014, Ramona entered the inaugural season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, driving the #47 Saab 9-3 Supercar for Eklund Motorsport. She reached Final in her first World RX round in Montalegre, Portugal, finishing in the 12th place. Later in the season, she participated in British, Norwegian and Swedish rounds with Saab. In German World RX round, she was driving the #47 Peugeot 208 for Albatec Racing.
During the 2014 rallycross season, Karlsson also recorded three participations in the European Rallycross Championship, two with Saab and one with Peugeot.
Ramona Karlsson in 2015
Driving for his own team in 2015
For the 2015 rallycross season, Ramona formed his own team Ramona RX, driving the #47 Volkswagen Scirocco Supercar in four rounds of the European Rallycross Championship. She was in the points two times, ending a season 23rd in the final classification.
She also made one World RX start in 2015, driving the #47 VW Scirocco at his home event at Höljesbanan.
Competing in RallyX Nordic in 2017
Ramona was out if racing in 2016, returning to active competition in 2017. She was driving the #47 Volkswagen Scirocco Supercar for Circle X, finishing the RallyX Nordic season 11th in the final standings. She is planning to stay active in 2018 with a possible return to international rallycross.