NIKA Racing

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NIKA Racing
Motor racing team
Founded 2006
Country  Sweden
Team Principal(s) Nicklas Karlsson
Eric Lindgren
Current series WTCC
Former series STCC
STCC (Sweden)
Drivers 17. Michel Nykjær
Drivers' titles 2011 STCC (Rydell)
Teams' titles 2012 STCC

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.

Swedish Touring Car Championship[edit]

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 Championship[edit]

Chevrolet Cruze (2011–2012)[edit]

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Chevrolet Cruze (2010, 2012–)[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]


World Touring Car Championship[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Karlsson starts a new team". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 7 December 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "Swedish Chevrolet team Launched". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 12 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Chevrolet signs Norwegian Thomas Schie". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 1 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Schie leaves Chevrolet". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 12 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Conflict behind Thomas Schie dropout". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Pontus Mörth Confirmed for Chevrolet". Swedish Touring Car Championship (TouringCarTimes). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Pernia joins Chevrolet for Monza WTCC races". Richard's F1. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Veltman, Rob (4 February 2012). "Rydell aiming for opening WTCC rounds with new Cruze". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). 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.