Nykjaer Takes Advantage Of Inherited Pole To Win Race 1

Michel Nykjaer and James Nash - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC
Michel Nykjaer and James Nash - Photo Credit: FIA WTCC

Michel Nykjaer kept fellow independent Chevrolet driver James Nash behind to win Race 1 at the World Touring Car Championship Race of Austria at the Salzburgring from pole position.

It was the second win of the season for the Danish driver and the Nika Racing team, and came after Nykjaer and Bamboo Engineering driver Nash were promoted to the front row of the grid having avoided penalties in a farcical qualifying session.

Nykjaer held the lead into the first corner, and although Nash put him under pressure during the race, held on to win.

Yvan Muller, the fastest man in qualifying, made his way up to third place to complete a podium lock-out for Chevrolet after starting from 13th, passing Mehdi Bennani on the penultimate lap.

Nash’s team-mate Alex MacDowall also charged up the order ahead of Muller, only falling behind the Frenchman when he slipped up trying to pass fourth-placed Fredy Barth on lap six. The Cumbrian eventually got past the Swiss driver on the following lap to finish fifth.

Muller’s RML team-mate Tom Chilton finished in seventh place after getting the better of fellow Brits Rob Huff and James Thompson, while Tom Coronel completed the top ten from towards the back of the grid.