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Anders Olofsson dies aged 55

Retired Swedish all-round racer Anders Olofsson died in his sleep on Tuesday night, aged 55.

Olofsson is best remembered for finishing second overall, and first in the GT1 class, in the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours, sharing a Gulf McLaren F1 with Jean-Marc Gounon and Pier-Henri Raphanel.

He also won three consecutive Japanese Touring Car titles as a works Nissan driver, and triumphed in the 1991 Spa 24 Hours, driving a Nissan Skyline with David Brabham and Naoki Hattori.

In his earlier single-seater days, he won back-to-back Swedish Formula Three titles in 1977 and '78 and finished runner-up in the European F3 Championship in the same seasons.

Olofsson retired from racing at the end of 1997 and subsequently worked in driver management with Swedish racers in his home nation's touring car championship.

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