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NIKA racing (short for Nicklas Karlsson Racing) is a Swedish racing team, founded by former racing driver Nicklas Karlsson along with Eric Lindgren which currently competes in the World Touring Car Championship. Before that they competed in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship where they won the teams' championship title in 2011.

Sweden NIKA Racing
Founded2006
Team principal(s)Nicklas Karlsson
Eric Lindgren
Current seriesWTCC
Former seriesSTCC
STCC (Sweden)
Noted drivers17. Michel Nykjær
Teams'
Championships
2012 STCC
Drivers'
Championships
2011 STCC (Rydell)

Swedish Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Chevrolet Lacetti (2007–2009)Edit

 
Viktor Hallrup at Falkenbergs Motorbana in 2011.

Karlsson founded the team in 2006 and to run a Chevrolet Lacetti for himself under the Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden banner in Swedish Touring Car Championship in 2007, but started at two races only during the season.[1][2]

He stepped aside for 2008 to become team manager and the team ran Norwegian Thomas Schie in their car.[3] Schie remained for the most part among the top ten and scored a best result second place in Gothenburg. He finished seventh in the drivers' championship while the team finished fifth in the teams' championship.

Schie continued for the team during the 2009 season, but was forced to leave after six races.[4] What actually was the reason for this is not entirely clear. Schie said that the team was not enough professionally, while Nicklas Karlsson said that was because Schie could not afford to continue.[5] The seat was taken over by Pontus Mörth, who completed the season.[6] He often took a few points in the races, but never came up on the podium. Mörth finished eleven in total, while Schie was fourteenth. In the team championship Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden finished fifth.

Chevrolet Cruze (2010)Edit

Scandinavian Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Chevrolet Cruze (2011–2012)Edit

World Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Chevrolet Cruze (2010, 2012–2013)Edit

In 2010 Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden joined the World Touring Car Championship for the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Italy, running a Chevrolet Cruze LT for TC 2000 Championship driver Leonel Pernía who became the first Argentine to race in the WTCC.[7] The team were not eligible for the Yokohama Team's Trophy as the regulations exclude any teams with the name of a car manufacturer from inclusion in the trophy. Pernía finished eighteenth in race one after an excursion through the gravel trap at the Parabolica but he scored a single point in race two when he finished tenth.

The team returned to the championship in 2012, entering a Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T for Rickard Rydell at the season opening 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Italy.[8] Rydell lined up fifth in qualifying and finished both races in the points, including fourth place and a fastest lap in race one.

The team running as NIKA Racing will return to the WTCC in 2013 for the full season with a single Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T.[9] They signed Michel Nykjær to drive for them having finished third in the 2012 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship season with the team.[10] However Nykjær left the team before the end of the season and was replaced by Hiroki Yoshimoto in Japan, Rickard Rydell in China and Yukinori Taniguchi in Macau respectively.[11][12][13]

Honda Civic (2014-2015)Edit

In 2014 NIKA Racing announced that they will compete in the TC2 category with Yukinori Taniguchi driving Honda Civic[14][15] The team ultimately appeareded only in Hungary.

For the 2015 season the team will upgrade to TC1-spec Honda Civic WTCC, built by JAS Motorsport.[16][17] Rickard Rydell will return to the series full-time with the team.

Chevrolet Cruze (2016-)Edit

For 2016 season the team sold the Honda Civic to Zengő Motorsport to compete with a Chevrolet Cruze and the driver John Bryant-Meisner.[18]

ResultsEdit

World Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2010 Chevrolet Cruze LT   Leonel Pernía 2 0 0 0 1 22nd  –
2012 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T   Rickard Rydell 2 0 0 1 14 19th  –
2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T   Michel Nykjær 18 3 1 1 180 7th 7th
  Hiroki Yoshimoto 2 0 0 0 0  —
  Rickard Rydell 2 0 0 0 0  —
  Yukinori Taniguchi 2 0 0 0 0  —
2014 Honda Civic WTCC   Yukinori Taniguchi 2 0 0 0 0  –  –

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Karlsson starts a new team". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 7 December 2006. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Swedish Chevrolet team Launched". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 12 June 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Chevrolet signs Norwegian Thomas Schie". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Thomas Schie leaves Chevrolet". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 12 June 2009. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Conflict behind Thomas Schie dropout". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Pontus Mörth Confirmed for Chevrolet". Swedish Touring Car Championship. TouringCarTimes. 17 June 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Pernia joins Chevrolet for Monza WTCC races". Richard's F1. 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ Veltman, Rob (4 February 2012). "Rydell aiming for opening WTCC rounds with new Cruze". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (5 March 2013). "NIKA Racing to step up to WTCC on full-time basis in 2013". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  10. ^ "NIKA RACING CONFIRM MICHEL NYKJÆR". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  11. ^ Tremayne, Sam (19 September 2013). "Hiroki Yoshimoto takes Michel Nykjaer's World Touring Car seat". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Rickard Rydell to make WTCC return in Shanghai". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  13. ^ Hudson, Neil (9 November 2013). "Yukinori Taniguchi jumps ship again, joins Nika for Macau". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  14. ^ "22 CARS ENTERED FOR THE SEASON". World Touring Car Championship. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  15. ^ Hudson, Neil (26 March 2014). "Yukinori Taniguchi to drive for Nika Racing in TC2". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  16. ^ Hudson, Neil (16 April 2014). "Rickard Rydell to enter the 2015 WTCC with NIKA-run Honda". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  17. ^ Hudson, Neil (9 December 2014). "Rickard Rydell all set for his WTCC return next season". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Nika International switch to Chevrolet". Nika International. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.