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Nykjaer defends ETC crown in Austria.

Michel Nykjaer has successfully defended the European Touring Car Cup following a victory and a second place finish in the event at the Salzburgring circuit in Austria.

The Danish driver, on his first outing in a Chevrolet Lacetti, took victory in the opening race after a long battle with former winner Richard Goransson, and then took second place in race two behind Spaniard Oscar Nogues to secure the crown.

Italian driver Fabio Fabiani took a double win in the Super Production class to lift the SP title while the S1600 honours went the way of Ralf Martin, who took a pair of class honours in his Ford Fiesta.

Goransson took the early lead at the start of race one as he jumped ahead of poleman Nykjaer at the rolling start. Behind them there was a collision at the first chicane between BMW drivers Jan Nilsson and Franz Engstler. Nilsson spun and rejoined, while Engstler was hit by Oscar Nogues and was forced into retirement.

On lap three Nogues overtook Kristan Poulsen for third; the latter losing one more place to the Honda of Tomas Engstrom. Out front, Goransson and Nykjaer were moving away from the pack, and on lap five Nykjaer took the lead from Goransson at turn nine.

Engstrom was chasing Nogues closely, but their cars collided at turn twelve and the Swede's Honda Accord spun off, hit the barriers and retired.

At the beginning of lap nine, Goransson took the lead once again from Nykjaer at turn one, but the Chevrolet ace didn't give up and managed to jump ahead at the beginning of the penultimate lap at the same corner. Despite Goransson trying to fight back, Nykjaer was able to secure the win ahead of Goransson, with Nogues third.

Fabiani led the Super Production class from the start although he was closely chased by Nikolay Karamishev, while in the Super 1600 class, pole sitter Martin claimed victor, with Andrii Kruglik beating Carsten Seifert for the second place.

In race two, Mikko Eskelinen made a great start from second on the reverse grid and jumped to the lead, but he braked too late and hit the tyres at the first chicane. Behind him Jan Nilsson clashed with Campaniço and spun, collecting his team-mate Goransson.



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