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Bjørn Rune Gjelsten (born in Tomrefjord) is a businessman and Offshore powerboat racing World Champion. He is best known as an investor and former CEO of Aker RGI, as well as offshore racing driver of the boat "Spirit of Norway". Today he owns and operates Gjelsten Holding. He was also a joint owner of Wimbledon Football Club and involved in the controversial relocation of the team from London to Milton Keynes.

Gjelsten made his powerboat racing debut in 1994 in the U.S., winning his first race in Jacksonville with throttleman Jim Dyke. In 1996 he formed Class 1´s most successful partnership with Englishman Steve Curtis, which in the "Spirit of Norway" the pair took: The World Championship (5 times), The European Championship (3 times), The Middle East Championship (2 times) and The Pole Position Championship (4 times).

Curtis was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 2003, and the committee presented Gjelsten with a Segrave Certificate. In 2004 Gjelsten retired to concentrate on his businesses, and sold the "Spirit of Norway" team to Bard Eker, who won the 2005 Championship with Curtis. In 2006, Gjelsten bought back the team from Eker, and won the 2006 Championship with Curtis.

The "Spirit of Norway" boats were run by Bård Eker, Bjørn Rune Gjelsten and Kjell Inge Røkke. Gjelsten was five times world champion with trottelmann Steve Curtis and Eiker stands with one title. After the 2007 season, the team was closed down after 10 years.

Buying into Wimbledon Football Club in the late 1990s, Gjelsten and his business partner Kjell Inge Røkke became joint owners of Molde FK in 2000. Molde FK home matches are played at Aker Stadion, which has a maximum capacity of 11,800. The stadium was inaugurated in 1998, and was a gift from the local businessmen Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten. The club was formerly based at Molde stadion, which hosted the club´s record attendance of 14,615. Molde´s supporterclub is called Tornekrattet ("Thorn thicket") and were started after the 1994 cupfinal.

The club was Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær´s first professional club, and in January 2011 he returned to manage the club. In his first season as manager, which also was the club´s 100-years anniversary season, Molde won the league championship for the first time. The next season Solskjær and Molde retained the championship.



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