Michel Nykjær has confirmed he will join the Chevrolet team’s ranks for the final races of this year’s Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, partnering former WTCC racer Rickard Rydell and his team-mate Viktor Hallrup to assist the former in claiming this year’s championship crown.
The signing is interesting, considering that Nykjær is a driver with Chevrolet’s WTCC rival outfit, SUNRED Engineering, driving a SEAT León.
With Rydell lying 11 points behind series leader Frederik Ekblom, the Swede will be hoping that the Danish driver can take points off his championship rival on circuits he is familiar with.
“To have Michel in the team this weekend is a great strength. He is fast and he can hopefully take points from Fredrik, who has got help from his two team mates. I am 11 points behind and there is 100 points left, so we have still got all chances to win,” he is quoted as saying.
“The STCC field is really strong this year and it is not going to be easy to get in to the top fight. But I know Knutstorp [the venue for this weekend’s championship round] since before and I am going to do my utmost to help Rickard in the championship.”
Nykjær becomes the second WTCC driver to contest rounds in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. He follows in the footsteps of SUNRED team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, who joined the Polestar Volvo team for two rounds only recently, admittedly with limited success.
Nykjær’s first serious outing in a Chevrolet came when he made his WTCC debut in a one-off drive at Oschersleben, piloting a Chevrolet Lacetti for Perfection Racing. He recently piloted the newer Cruze model in this year’s annual European Touring Car Cup.
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