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Picture: Glenn Mattsing

Ra­mo­na has been active in motorsport since she was four years old. In 2001 she started with rally, after a career in mo­tocross, crosskart and ral­lycross. She has won the Swedish Crosskart Championship two times, and has also two Swedish Championship medals in Junior Rallycross.

Ramona has become the most successful female Rally driver in Sweden. She has won several World Rally stages, and in 2013 Ramona became the first Swedish woman ever to secure an outright victory in the Swedish Championship final together with her co-driver Miriam Walfridsson in their Skoda Fabia WRC. In 2013 Ramona was voted to “Rallydriver of the year” in Sweden. In 2014 Ramonas became the world’s first female driver in Supercar, and soon she carved out a reputation around the paddock as a tough racer; making her World RX debut in Portugal she reached the semi finals, and took heat victory at Höljes. In 2015 Ramona becomes the world’s first female driver to run her own Supercar team in FIA European Rallycross Championships.

Name: Ra­mo­na Karls­son
Born: 8 ja­nu­a­ry 1981
Lives: Kil, north of Karlstad
Length: 176 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Occupation: Rallycross driver, Team Manager for Ramona RX
Why Rallycross: To handle one of the world’s most extreme cars, to have close fights with my competitors on the track, to feel the support from the audience, and to experience the great passion and teamwork from my team in the paddock – this is a feeling that I can not describe. You need to try it..!
Best personalities: Strong will, winner mentality, unafraid, positive
Most positive motorsport memory: First stage victory in Rally World Championships 2012, and my rallycross heat victory in Höljes 2014
Most negative motorsport memory: When my rally car burned up in World Rally New Zealand
Other interest: Physical training, gun shooting, outdoor activities, rebuilding my house
Unknown talant: Can read very fast
I like: Empathic people, laughing, and chocolate
I don’t like: Unreliable people, cancer and war
I’m proud of: That I’ve proof that you can reach your goals regardless background
Favourite food: Indian food
Goal: To live life to the fullest, to become the fastest, to laugh a lot, and to work and hang out with great people.