- Born: 31 December 1994
- Birth place: Aarhus, Denmark
- Residence: Bregenz, Austria
- Weight: 65 kg
- Height: 179 cm
- Hobbies: Sim racing, training, social life
The history to become a professional
Mikkel Jensen was only 19 years old when he was contacted by the giant car producer, Mercedes-Benz. The young Dane had just won the 2014 ADAC Formula Masters Championship and Mercedes saw a big potential in the fast driver that was the first Dane ever to win the tough ADAC Formula Masters Championship (now ADAC Formula 4). The inquiry from Mercedes ended up with a contract for the next year’s European Formula 3 Championship including a DTM-test.
Only 4 years earlier Mikkel began his karting career at the age of 15. The main part of his rivals sat in a kart already at the time they were still in kindergarten. With help from his father the karting adventure started on the local karting-track. After just two years in the Danish Rotax Kart Championship was history as Mikkel got his first test in a Formula-car at the age of 17. It led to two seasons in the ADAC Formula Masters Championship, where he was crowned champion in the second of the two, before stepping into European Formula 3 for two seasons with backup from Mercedes-Benz. Formula 3 was and is considered as the highest level junior championship on the planet but on the way up the ladder in motorsport, financial backing is an important factor as well. After not being able to bring the budget together from sponsors, two difficult Formula 3 seasons got to be the end of the Formula 1 dream that the majority of race drivers have.
Another chance – After the 2014 championship, Mikkel was invited by BMW Motorsport to a shootout in the fight of being their next junior driver in GT. The offer was rejected as the Formula 3 deal with Mercedes was already done for the 2015 season in the thoughts of reaching Formula 1 in the near future. But at the end of the second F3-season in 2016 Mikkel was left with no seat due to the lack of budget needed for the step up to F2 or even another year in F3.
BMW Motorsport invited once again Mikkel for a shootout to become a part of the BMW Junior Program. Out of 6 participants he was the only chosen and went on to do the Blancpain Endurance Series in the first year with LMP3 in the European Le Mans Series as side-program. In the second season as a part of the junior squad he lined up with two-time DTM-champion, Timo Scheider in the ADAC GT Masters. The pairing claimed 6th position in the standings as well as Mikkel crowned Vice-champion in the junior ranking. After that successful season it was time to be promoted to BMW Factory Driver from season 2019 onwards. Finally, the hard work was rewarded and the dream came true – living from the passion.
2010: Debut in karting – hobby
2011: Rotax Max Challenge Denmark – Junior
2012: Rotax Max Challenge Denmark – Senior
2013: ADAC Formel Masters – 10th overall
2014: ADAC Formel Masters – CHAMPION
2015: FIA Formula 3 European Championship – 9th, Mercedes Junior, DTM Test Mercedes.
2016: FIA Formula 3 European Championship – 11th, Mercedes Junior.
2017: Blancpain Endurance Series (BMW M6 GT3), European Le Mans Series (LMP3)
2018: ADAC GT Masters – 6th overall, 2nd Junior ranking (BMW M6 GT3), Test- and reserve driver Le Mans and WEC (BMW M8 GTE), European Le Mans Series (LMP3), Road to Le Mans – Winner (LMP3), DTM Test BMW.
2019: Intercontinental GT Challenge (BMW M6 GT3), VLN & 24h Nürburgring (BMW M6 GT3), European Le Mans Series (LMP3), Road to Le Mans (LMP3)