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Michel Nykjær

--- 2013 WTCC

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Michel Nykjær - 2008 DTC

Birthday: 17-9-1979

Just like many other young talented kids Michel Nykjær began racing in karts. But during his teenage years it became clear, that he should in a different direction than the traditional switch to singleseaters. Simply Michel was a big boy and that is a huge disadvantage in karts and singleseaters, which don't leave any more space than absolutely necessary for the driver.

Touring Cars was the solution and Michel quickly made a mark. For several reasons. He chose to race a diesel - which was highly unusual in the early noughties - and he was competitive! He was very close at clinching the Danish Championship in the Yokohama Cup in 2001, but ended up second. Next year he exchanged second place for the championship - but he had also changed the car to a petrol version.

He then upgraded to the Danish Touringcar Challenge which was a huge success at the time. Quickly he became one of the leading drivers and he won the championship in 2007 in a Seat and again in 2009 in a Chevrolet. He was also testing himself abroad winning the ETC in 2007 and 2008 and after trying WTCC in a single race in 2009, he drove fulltime in the series in 2010 and 2011. He did well and was only 2 points short of winning the privateer cup in 2011.

In 2012 he drove for Chevrolet Sweden and focussed at the Swedish Championship. He came 3rd in the series and in 2013 he was back in WTCC. The Swedish series had switch to another type of cars and his team took their Chevrolet Cruze to the WTCC with Michel Nykjær as their driven - but unfortunately with a very limited budget. In 2013 they were fighting for the privateer championship, but Michel was so fast that he also was able to fight for overall victories. 3 times he won overall but unfortunately he was not able to do the whole season. The final 5 events in the championship were all outside Europe and with 3 left the team had to stop. Thus Michel Nykjær ended up as 3rd in the privateer cup and 7th overall in the 2013 championship.

The TCR cars were now emerging as the new way of touring car racing and in 2015 Michel Nykjær drove in the inaugrual TCR International Series. Again he was among the frontrunners, winning twice, but again he could not drive in all the races. After this he returned to Denmark winning the Danish SuperTourisme Championship in 2016 and 2017.

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