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Russia 2013: Nykjaer 'pushed to the max' for victory

10 June 2013

Michel Nykjaer clinched his third race victory of the 2013 WTCC season during race two at the Moscow Raceway, but admitted that he was 'nervous' after a late charge by Yvan Muller nearly put paid to celebrations.

The former double Danish champion, who had a run to seventh in race one, said he was "pushed to the maximum" by Muller for his race two victory and that he had felt "nervous" before beating him to the victory.

"Three victories so far, this seems to be a very good year for me. Obviously I could not beat Mehdi Bennani at the standing start, but then I was catching up and put a lot of pressure on him. I tried to overtake him on lap four, but he took the inside line and managed to resist.

"I said to myself that it is better to wait one more lap before attempting to make another move. The second try was the good one and after that I tried to create a gap.

"In the final laps, I felt nervous, because I saw Muller closing in on me very quickly, but I pushed to the maximum and was able to beat him to the finish line.

The 33-year-old, who took his and NIKA Racing's third WTCC victory this weekend, now shoots up the outright championship table to third with 127 points and only six behind second place man, Gabriele Tarquini.

In the independents table, Nykjaer takes a one point lead ahead of Bamboo Engineering's James Nash, who in comparison had a weekend best forgotten.

by Dexter Fielding


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