Michel Nykjær has been forced out of NIKA Racing's cockpit due to a lack of funding

Michel Nykjær’s hopes of winning the FIA WTCC Yokohama Independents Trophy title have been dealt a fatal blow, with the NIKA Racing team announcing it has had to terminate the Danish driver’s services with three championship rounds left.

The Danish driver made a spectacular comeback with the privateer Chevrolet outfit, claiming three race wins and sox podium finishes to-date to lie third in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings and joint-leader in the Independent Trophy points tally.

“This is of course an unfortunate situation. I would have liked to complete the season with Michel and continue to challenge for second overall but as team manager it is also my assignment to see to the best of our company long term,” NIKA Racing team manager Nicklas Karlsson said.

“I have had an amazing season with Nika Racing and even though I would have liked to complete the season, you can’t close your eyes for the huge economical efforts needed for racing on this level in a world championship,” a gallant Nykjær added.

“[This year] has perhaps been the most important year so far in my career and I am hopeful for the future. I am going to keep a close relationship with the team and I wish them good luck for the end of the season.”

The team confirmed that the identity of Nykjær’s replacement will be revealed tomorrow, and it would rule out the Dane being able to return to its line-up next year.

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