Michelle Halder joins TCR Denmark for full 2023 campaign
After a one-off appearance last year at Jyllandsringen, German touring car specialist Michelle Halder will join TCR Denmark for a full season with TPR Motorsport.
TCR star Michelle Halder has announced a full time move to TCR Denmark, which she had joined in 2022 for a one off appearance at the season finale at Jyllandsringen.
Halder, 23, will team up with Swedish outfit TPR Motorsport, which brought her brother Mike to runner-up title in 2022.
It will be Halder's fourth different TCR series in a full-time seat, having previously entered - and won - in ADAC TCR Germany, TCR Europe, TCR Spain.
Michelle is in fact one of the leading female drivers on the TCR platform and has made history by becoming the first woman to win in the continental series in 2020.
Halder stepped up from karting to single seaters, racing in the competitive ADAC F4 in 2015 and 2016. But it would be in touring cars that she caught the world's attention, claiming two podiums in the ADAC German-based series in 2018 and her first win in 2019.
In the second race at Zandvoort, she became the first woman to climb the highest step of the podium in the series. Halder Motorsport made a last minute move to the continental TCR Europe championship in 2020 but, despite the late move, both Michelle and her brother Mike proved to be immediately competitive. In a historic moment, Michelle secured a brilliant victory at Zolder, second round of the championship.
The Halder siblings opted for the brand-new TCR Spain in 2021, where Halder Motorsport quickly established itself as the team to beat. The German racer finished third in the drivers championship and conquered two wins and seven podiums.
In 2022, Michelle - alongside Mike and a third car for Jack Young - returned to TCR Europe, as Halder Motorsport significantly expanded its program. At her return to the continental series, Michelle scored 5 top-ten finishes.
At the same time, Halder Motorsport partnered with TPR Motorsport for a two-car campaign in the quickly developing TCR Denmark. With Anton Bergström and Mike Halder, the team scored seven victories.
Michelle Halder had previously announced her plans to race in the TCR class of the Nurburgring Endurance Series - where she kicked off her season at NLS2 last weekend. Her double program in Denmark gives the young driver an opportunity to continue fighting at the top of Europe's touring car series.
With 23 drivers entering at least one race and six car brands, TCR Denmark has quickly established itself as one of the most interesting platforms in Europe. The first race will take place at Jyllandsringen from 20th to 21st May, followed by rounds at Ring Djursland, Falkenbergs, Copenhagen - on a street circuit - Padborg Park.
2023 TCR Denmark calendar
20/21 May – FDM Jyllandsringen
17/18 June – Ring Djursland
08/09 July – Falkenbergs Motorbana
04/06 August – Copenhagen
19/20 August – FDM Jyllandsringen
16 September – Padborg Park – Denmark
30 Sep/01 Oct – FDM Jyllandsringen – Denmark