DATE OF BIRTH: 27 November 1988, Vetlanda, Sweden.
BRITISH CAREER: (2008-09) Edinburgh; (2010) Swindon; (2011) Poole; (2012) Peterborough.
MAJOR HONOUR: Swedish Under-21 Champion: 2009.
CLUB HONOURS: League Championship winner: 2008 [Edinburgh], 2011 [Poole].
After impressing with Edinburgh in 2008 the Swede, who rides under the name of Tomas H. Jonasson, began the 2009 campaign in a ‘doubling-up' capacity with Belle Vue. However, before making any appearances for the Aces, a team re-shuffle saw the Manchester outfit opt for a straight 1-7 following the signing of Morten Risager in May. Following discussions between Jonasson and the Edinburgh management in June, it was announced that the Swede would be ‘withdrawing from UK racing for the immediate future'. The Swede had a hectic schedule at the time, competing in Poland and Britain, as well as his homeland. He was also contesting the World Under-21 Championship, the Swedish Under-21 Championship, the World Under-21 Team Championship and the GP qualifiers.
The sudden and untimely passing of his father, Michael, on 30 April was also seen as a major factor in Jonasson's decision to scale back his activities, as his dad had played a vital role in his racing development and career management.
However, Jonasson subsequently returned to the Monarchs' line-up to help out the club in July, following completion of the 28-day period required under SCB rules. His resumption in the side proved short-lived, however, and he was replaced in a renewed team declaration towards the end of the same month by Max Dilger.
Prior to his official departure from the Monarchs' 1-7, Jonasson emphasized his enormous talent when he won the Swedish Under-21 Championship at Målilla on 24 July and, a day later, for the second year running, he took third place in the Swedish Championship - behind Andreas Jonsson and Fredrik Lindgren - on the same circuit.
Following the broken pelvis suffered by Andrew Tully at Wolverhampton on 3 August, Edinburgh offered the Swede the opportunity of a late run in the side, but he turned it down because of his busy schedule. After the season's end, there was speculation that Swindon were interested in handing Jonasson a berth in their 2010 line-up and, on 26 November, it was confirmed that he had joined the Wiltshire side.
In January, it was revealed that SVEMO, the Swedish Motor Federation, had handed Jonasson a worldwide ban from 27 April for four weeks, because he missed a Grand Prix qualifier at Daugavpils, Latvia, and instead rode the following day in Poland after his Polish club, Gorzów, and their federation had withdrawn start permission.
The Swede appealed against the verdict and was awaiting the outcome as the tapes rose on the UK season. The decision was upheld, though, and having started the campaign brightly for the Robins, this was a blow to both the rider and club.
Swindon's management moved to cover their bases by bringing in Justin Sedgmen - who had started the term on fire for Birmingham - as cover in the No. 8 berth, the Aussie replacing Steve Boxall in the role at the Wiltshire club.
Jonasson missed further meetings for the Robins after a crash in Sweden on 6 July was followed by a bout of extreme toothache. Then, on 5 August, he missed a scheduled flight and arrived both late and ill equipped for Swindon's home league match versus Peterborough, failing to score from three rides as a result. And, on 10 August, whilst representing Elit Vetlanda in a Swedish Elite League match at Vargarna, he was involved in a nasty heat five spill with home rider Scott Nicholls, in which he sustained concussion.
He recovered sufficiently to make his Grand Prix debut as a wildcard in the Scandinavian round at Målilla four days later, when he performed flamboyantly and only just missed out on a semi-final berth having notched 8 points from his five-ride schedule.Unfortunately, following his GP exploits, he was handed a 28-day ban after missing the Robins' league fixture at Ipswich on 16 August. The Swede didn't travel to Foxhall Heath for the encounter and the suspension effectively meant he would be absent for the remainder of Swindon's 2010 season.
By his own admission, Jonasson acknowledged that he needed to become a more organised rider and that participating in three leagues was too much but, with an abundance of talent, it was stated that he remained an integral part of the Wiltshire club's future plans. Underlining his talent, the Swede had appeared in seventeen official meetings for the Robins, scoring 113 points for a real-time average of 5.91. His best performance at home was a return of 11+2 points from seven rides in a league match versus Belle Vue on 27 May. Meanwhile, away, he plundered a score of 12+2 from seven rides in his very first match for the club, again in the league, at Eastbourne on 27 March.
However, he didn't feature in British speedway in 2011 although, on 29 July, Poole announced that they had purchased his contract from Edinburgh. Pirates' boss Matt Ford admitted that he had come close to signing the Swede a couple of seasons beforehand. He also stated that his acquisition was a long-term move rather than a short-term one, but didn't entirely rule out the possibility that Jonasson could be drafted into the Poole side before the end of the campaign. Indeed, that was to prove the case, as Jonasson was introduced to the side in the third week of August in place of Renat Gafurov.
Regrettably, the Pirates' capture crashed out of his Swedish Play-Off fixture on 1 September. The young Swede, who had appeared twice for the Dorseteers averaging 8 points per meeting, was taken to hospital complaining of chest and abdominal pains.
The Swede joined Peterborough in August 2012 as a replacement for broken arm victim Olly Allen.