Michael Christensen (racing driver)

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Michael Christensen
Nationality  Danish
Born (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 (age 24)
Karlslunde (Denmark)
2014 Porsche Supercup
Debut season 2012
Current team DAMS
Former teams Konrad Motorsport
Starts 9
Wins 1
Poles 1
Fastest laps 1
Previous series
2011, 13
2010-11
200809
ADAC GT Masters
GP3 Series
Formula BMW Europe

Michael Klitgaard Christensen (born 28 August 1990 in Karlslunde, Denmark) is a professional Danish racecar driver.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Christensen had a very successful karting career, winning the 2004 Nordic ICA Junior Championship. The following year he gathered both Nordic and European titles in ICA Junior class. For 2006 Christensen graduated to Formula A and he achieved a second place in the Formula A World Championship and was champion in the German Kart Championship. In 2007 Michael repeated as German Kart Champion and also won the KF1 South Garda Winter Cup.

Formula BMW[edit]

Christensen made his open-wheel racing debut in the 2008 Formula BMW Europe season at Barcelona which supported the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix, where he was involved in a potentially serious incident, flipping his car.[1] He finished the season in sixth place and as the top rookie in the rookie standings.

He moved to Mücke Motorsport for the 2009 season. He started the season as the strongest candidate to win the championship, and a victory in the first race of the season, was promising. He finished the season in fourth place, although he lost results from five races including three wins, after his team lost an appeal over a breach of technical regulations[2] was rejected by the FIA.[3]

GP3 Series[edit]

In 2010, Christensen became the first driver to join MW Arden for the 2010 GP3 Series season.[4]

Porsche[edit]

In 2011, Christensen joined the Porsche young driver program. He resulted 7th in the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and 6th in the 2013 Porsche Supercup.

He became a factory driver for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, joining the Manthey Racing team in the GTE-Pro class.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Christensen's hobbies are improving on personal fitness, and training,[6] while his favourite driver is Michael Schumacher,[6] and his favourite circuit is the Valencia Street Circuit,[6] where he won twice on the road in 2009.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula BMW Europe Räikkönen Robertson Racing 15 0 0 1 1 158 6th
Formula BMW Pacific Motaworld Racing 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
Formula BMW World Final Josef Kaufmann Racing 1 0 0 0 1 0 2nd
2009 Formula BMW Europe Mücke Motorsport 16 4 5 4 6 233 4th
2010 GP3 Series MW Arden 16 0 0 0 0 0 31st
2011 GP3 Series RSC Mücke Motorsport 16 0 0 1 2 19 11th
ADAC GT Masters Vulcan Racing - Mintgen Motorsport 6 0 0 0 0 0 NC

† – As Christensen was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 MW Arden ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

16
TUR
FEA

13
TUR
SPR

11
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

15
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

23
ITA
FEA

15
ITA
SPR

10
31st 0
2011 RSC Mücke Motorsport TUR
FEA

7
TUR
SPR

2
ESP
FEA

18
ESP
SPR

12
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

13
GER
FEA

26†
GER
SPR

12
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

13
BEL
FEA

15
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

12
ITA
SPR

11
11th 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video from the accident
  2. ^ "Mücke Motorsport suspended from Formula BMW Europe races.". bmw-motorsport.com (Formula BMW). 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  3. ^ "FIA International Court of Appeal ruling confirms judicial decisions.". bmw-motorsport.com (Formula BMW). 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  4. ^ Beer, Matt (2010-01-08). "MW Arden signs first GP3 driver". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  5. ^ Dagys, John (2013-11-27). "MMichael Christensen Named Porsche Factory Driver". sportscar365.com (John Dagys Media). Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "Formula BMW Europe. 2009 Championship Guide.". bmw-motorsport.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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