Michel Nykjaer is looking forward to 'fighting' it out with his fellow rivals for the remainder of the 2013 FIA WTCC season not only for the Yokohama trophy for independents category but, also for a strong outright championship placing.

Last time out at the new Moscow Raceway, Nykjaer took his third victory of the season in race two and whilst the Bamboo Engineering charge of James Nash and Alex MacDowall faltered after a dreadful weekend for the British pairing.

The 'Great Dane' was able to capitalise on their misfortune and climb to the top of the Independents title chase, a point ahead of Nash and pushing up to the dizzying heights of third currently in the overall points positions, behind Gabriele Tarquini and the looking-to-be champion, Yvan Muller.

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During the break between Moscow and Porto, next weekend, the former European champion reflected on his first half of the 2013 season.

''I never expected to be in this position halfway through the season,'' said the NIKA Racing driver. ''I only knew a month before the first race of the season that I would drive in the WTCC.

''I thought that I'd be happy to be within the top-ten, possibly top-five, the main goal was the Yokohama trophy, now we are also fighting for top positions in the championship.

''It's a very nice feeling for me and the team. We have to keep on this way and try to collect more points and score more victories.''

Nykjaer and NIKA racing will be looking to continue their excellent form as the grid heads for the seventh round of the championship in Portugal at the tough street circuit 'Circuit da Boavista' in Porto this weekend.

by Dexter Fielding