SUNRED driver Michel Nykjær has suffered a crucial hammerblow to his hopes of remaining in next year’s World Touring Car Championship, losing his main sponsor following a dispute with team owner Henrik Lind.
The Dane had an impressive sophomore season in the WTCC with SUNRED Engineering. He finished tenth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings, and claimed his maiden podium finish at Suzuka.
A strong run at the end of the season – where he claimed four class wins in the last six races – saw him narrowly miss out on claiming the Independent Trophy crown from Kristian Poulsen by two points.
But his hopes of going one better in 2013 have been dealt a blow with his main sponsor, Pole Position Denmark, cutting ties with him over some fundraising activities he apparently performed without their consent.
“The latest situation arose in connection with Nykjær’s collection for Christmas aid without any coordination with us. While it certainly is a pleasant and creditable purpose, it has gone over the line. Enough is enough, it is not about sports or money, but a lack of loyalty,” Lind said in the announcement.
The announcement has apparently caught Nykjær by complete surprise, and he has stated that he will be consulting with his lawyers over the next steps he can take.
“To be fired in December is not the nicest months to suddenly be left without a job. But to be fired to collect Christmas help is unbelievable and shocking,” he told Ekstrabladet.
“I have searched my mind to find out which toes I have stepped on. But I cannot think of anything. The Christmas collection is not affecting my work at Pole Position Denmark, as it is done in my spare time and I cannot comment on any other events,” he added.
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