Swedish Formula 3 1981

Sweden's national championship was opened up to Formula Super Vee and Formula Ford 2000 cars for 1981, but Formula 3 cars dominated all the races. Having been easily the quickest driver in the 1980 series, Bengt Trägårdh retained his March 803 and won the first four races to ensure the championship. 1980 champion Thorbjörn Carlsson bought a brand new Ralt RT3/81 but could not challenge Trägårdh, finishing behind him in second place three times before winning at Karlskoga after Trägårdh's engine failed.

Behind these two, Tomas Kaiser also had a new Ralt, and Jan Ridell had a one-year-old Argo JM6. Of the Formula Super Vee runners, only John Nielsen had the latest Ralt RT5/81.

The races

10 May 1981 > Kinnekullering

08 Jun 1981 > Knutstorp

13 Jun 1981 > Anderstorp

12 Jul 1981 > Västkustloppet at Falkenburg

09 Aug 1981 > Kvällspostens Newsrace at Knutstorp

23 Aug 1981 > Karlskoga

19 Sep 1981 > Mantorp Park

Svenska Mästerskapet events shown in bold

1981 Svenska Mästerskapet table

1Bengt Trägårdh(F3) March 803 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor36 pts 
2Thorbjörn Carlsson(F3) Ralt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor27 pts 
3Tomas Kaiser(F3) Ralt RT3/81 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor15 pts 
4=Leo Andersson(F3) Ralt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor12 pts 
4=Jan Ridell(F3) Argo JM6 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor12 pts 
6=Kennerth Persson(FSV) March 81V - VW 45 pts 
6=Olav Rønningen(F3) Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor5 pts 
8John Nielsen(FSV) Ralt RT5/81 - VW 44 pts 
9Geir-Tony Johansson(F3) Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor3 pts 
10Sonny Johansson(F3) Ralt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor2 pts 

Points table constructed from results.