Michel Nykjaer was able to celebrate his second race victory of the World Touring Car Championship season after taking race one honours at the Salzburgring.

On the back of his victory, Nykjaer brought his Chevrolet Cruze home in fifth place in race two to round off a strong weekend for the NIKA Racing squad.

Nykjaer was the only driver not given a grid penalty after a drama filled Q2 session, which meant he started started from pole position for race one. Keeping the lead through to the chequered flag, Nykjaer took his second win of the season having seen off pressure throughout from rival independent racer James Nash.

The former European Cup champion spoke of his race winning strategy to 'block' Nash and shared his delight after a 'perfect race.

"It was nice, a perfect race for me," said the race one victor. "James was always right behind me in the slipstream and every time we came to turn nine, he was right on my bumper but, I managed to block him.

"I'm always a little bit nervous on this track because of the tyres but, we managed to cross the finish line in first place for my second victory this year. It's fantastic for both me and the team.

"It's going to be a tough season between me and James in the Yokohama trophy for independents, but I'm hoping to be near the top each time to pick up points and that's how you win a championship.

"It's going to be difficult to beat Muller and Tarquini, but we will try. I just hope to be able to take the trophy at the end of the season."

Nykjaer sits fourth in the overall standings on the back of his fifth place in race two, and is eight points behind Nash in the Independents Trophy title race.

by Dexter Fielding


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