After achieving his stated goal of winning the Independent Trophy championship, Kristian Poulsen has made the shock announcement that he will retire from the World Touring Car Championship.
After one of the most closely-fought contests in Independent Trophy history – where just two points separated the top-five runners after the mid-season Race of Germany – Poulsen stretched his advantage with four class podiums in the final six races, winning the championship by two points from a fast-closing Michel Nykjær (SUNRED), who claimed four class wins in the same period.
The Dane joined the Liqui Moly Engstler BMW team this year after just missing out in the Independent title last year, although his car was effectively run and prepared by his own bespoke Poulsen Motorsport operation working under the Engstler umbrella.
“I’ve sold the car, so I’m stopping,” he told TouringCarTimes after clinching the title at yesterday’s season-ending races at Macau.
“If you have to do this Championship, it’s a full time job and we have a family company where I work and a lot of travelling as well, and this is too much for a hobby driver, you have to be a professional.
“Next year I’ll stay home with the company and with the family and I just got a beautiful little daughter so it’ll be nice.”
[Image via FIA WTCC Media]