Pål Virik Nilsen gets prestigious award

Nov 200924
Pål Virik Nilsen gets prestigious award

Source: class-1.com

Maritimo 11 throttleman, Pal Virik Nilsen, was voted Norwegian Motorsport Personality of the year at a lavish ceremony last weekend in Norway, hosted by the Norwegian Motorsport Federation.

Pål Virik Nilsen

Nilsen, 34, who lives in Sandefjord, won the prestigious award which covers all motorsport disciplines, in a closely contested vote, beating Paris-Dakar Motorcyclist Pal Anders Ullevaalseter. “I am very proud to receive this award,” said Pal Virik. “For me the way into Class 1 has been longer than most other drivers on the tour I guess. That’s actually a good feeling and an advantage with the experience I have gained in the smaller classes.

“I must thank Gianni Giorgi who gave me my first opportunity to test a Class 1 in 2005, and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten who believed in me and teamed me up with Tom Barry-Cotter in 2007 to race in Spirit of Norway 20.

“I dedicate this award to every crew member of the Maritimo Team, especially Bill Barry-Cotter, to show how grateful I am to be onboard with them.”

Nilsen received the award for his professionalism and for his achievements in Class 1 this season, finishing third in the European Championship and his current third place in the overall World Championship standings. “Pal Virik is a driver who has worked hard through many series in the U.I.M. system, and for us is a very valuable person to promote motorsport in Norway and throughout the rest of the world.” said Roy Wetterstad, general secretary of the Norwegian Motorsport Federation.

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