Sweden’s Nika Racing team will return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship this year, after confirming it will field an entry in the TC2 tier for older-spec machinery.
Japanese driver Yukinori Taniguchi – who drove for the outfit at last year’s season finale in Macau – will make a full-time return to the championship with the team’s Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T.
Taniguchi is no stranger to the WTCC, having driven for the Bamboo Engineering squad in the latter half of 2010 and for the whole of 2011, and returned for the final three Asian flyaway rounds to compete in the Eurosport Asia Trophy. He romped to the title, driving for three different teams and three different car makes, with the Macau finale being his sole outing with Nika Racing.
The Swedish team switched to the WTCC last year with a single Jersey cow-liveried Chevrolet for Michel Nykjær, who won two races outright and was in contention for both the Drivers’ and Yokohama Independent Trophy championship titles until a funding crisis forced him out of the team ahead of the final three rounds of the season.
The announcement ensures the TC2 category will have four full-time entries for the coming season. Taniguchi will compete against a two-car challenge from the Liqui Moly Engstler BMW squad, along with a single-car effort by the Campos Racing stable, which will field a SEAT León WTCC.
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