- 16-year-old Danish kart star lands seat with Fortec
- Fortec confident that Kjaergaard has potential to run at the front this season
5 February, 2016 – In a week which has seen the announcement that Dane Kevin Magnussen will return to the Formula 1 grid, another driver from Denmark is looking to make waves in single-seater motorsport. Nicolai Kjaergaard is to make the step up to MSA Formula, powered by Ford EcoBoost, with Fortec Motorsports after several successful seasons in karting.
The 16-year-old from Esbjerg first went behind the wheel of a kart aged seven and started competing from the age of nine in national cadet mini and junior categories. In 2012 Nicolai ventured to Germany and Italy to add to his karting successes.
In 2013 and ’14 he finished sixth in the German Kart Championship, as well as fourth in the Trofeo Margutti. An array of top-10 finishes in the WSK karting series in 2014 and ’15 were complimented by a hugely successful foray in Danish Super Kart, which saw Nicolai storm to four race victories and numerous podium finishes.
Nicolai is relishing the prospect of proving his ability against motorsport’s brightest young talents and paid testament to Fortec: “I am delighted to have signed for Fortec in MSA Formula and I am really excited about my maiden season in cars. I feel really at home with Fortec and see the team as playing a key part in my development during the season. I know it will be a really tough championship but I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and cannot wait to get started.”
Fortec team manager Dan Mitchell said it was Nicolai’s potential which helped secure him a seat with the Northamptonshire team: “We tested Nicolai throughout November and December in Valencia and he showed promising signs. He learned and adapted quickly. Importantly, he really showed he can be on the pace. He’s gone away over January and February to work on a few things including his fitness, but if he puts the work in over the remaining winter months he can be a really good driver and someone to watch out for this season. There’s no reason why Nicolai cannot run at the front.”
The opening rounds of MSA Formula – certified by FIA, powered by Ford EcoBoost are set for Brands Hatch in early April. The series is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and was introduced last season as a supporting series on the live-televised British Touring Car Championship package.