|Date of Birth||14.01.1988|
|First Rally||2006, Rally Sweden|
A former Norwegian, Nordic and Baltic karting champion, Eyvind Brynildsen switched to rallying in 2005 and has now reached a half-century of WRC starts.
After launching his career in a Volvo 740, he moved onto Mitsubishi Lancers and began to be a regular face on the WRC in 2007. Brynildsen competed in the Production WRC in 2008 and 2009, finishing sixth in the latter year after switching to a Skoda Fabia mid-season.
He undertook SWRC campaigns in 2010 and 2011, claiming another sixth in the category in the first year, but competition took a back seat as the budget wasn’t available for a full programme over the next few seasons.
Brynildsen took a top 10 finish in Sweden in a rare WRC outing in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car in 2012, but he was still active in his native Norway and won the national championship in a 2015 after six rally wins in a Fiesta RRC.
That earned him a seat in an M-Sport-prepared Fiesta R5 at Rally Sweden the following year. A broken driveshaft cost a shot at WRC2 victory but he came away with a record 45m leap at the famous Colin’s Crest jump in the Vargåsen stage.
Another national title followed in 2017 and he returned to WRC2 in 2020, driving a Toksport-prepared Fabia to sixth in the final points. He remains with the WRC2 champion team for 2021.