Mikkel is a Danish racing driver born and raised in Struer. At the age of just 7 years, Mikkel started his career in TMSK (Thy Motor Sport Karting). Here he raced to countless victories in both national and international race series.
2012 was the year where Mikkel took the next step up the ladder. A “trial” year in Formula Ford. This ended with a DM in the Zetec class, and along the way, he got involved in the top battle with the faster Duratec cars.
Mikkel’s biggest dream has always been to race in a Porsche. That dream came true when, as a 16-year-old, he participated as the youngest driver in the entire world in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car. He participated in the Special Saloon Championship. Here he drove against much more powerful cars and in significantly other budget class. And the budget was precisely the reason why Mikkel had to settle for a fourth place in the championship in his rookie year. The following year as a 17-year-old, he continued in the series, where he was able to get the old Porsche GT3-racer to finish in an overall second place in the Danish Championship.
In 2014, Mikkel received unexpected help from a compatriot living in Norway. Peter Høst Hansen, who on a daily basis owns and operates Norway’s plumbing company, met Mikkel during a race at Jyllandsringen. Here the two got into such a good conversation that Peter offered Mikkel to lend his own car to race the one department that was to be driven in Norway. Therefore, it became possible to participate throughout the complete season.
Mikkel fought and got a very nice second place in the championship in the big mixed Special Saloon field.
Peter also became the man who made it possible for Mikkel to participate in the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia. In 2015, they rode together in the Norwegian Racing Team. Mikkel started in a Porsche 997 GT3 from 2010, the field’s oldest car. The first 4 races Mikkel cleared the table by snatching the victory in the 997 class. But not only did he win against the other 997s, no, but he also came to shame the podium position against the faster 991s (the new model). Therefore, in consultation with Porsche Motorsport and others, a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup-racer got purchased for the remaining races of the season. Mikkel showed again and again driving skills at an insanely high level. A fourth place in the overall standings. The rookie of the year 2015 was just one of the titles he could boast of.
Due to this, the Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia had no issue in setting Mikkel up for the Porsche Motorsports Junior program. Among 9 of the world’s best GT drivers, Mikkel had to show his worth at the Lausitzring, on a cold October day. It was a very educational day and gave a lot of new contacts.
Christian Land from Land Motorsport was one of those contacts. He called one evening and asked Mikkel if he had time to participate in the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup in Austin, Texas. It did not take him long to answer yes. The following week, Mikkel sat in the plane on his way to his biggest challenge so far. A race on a real Formula 1 track in the southern United States. Unfortunately, Mother Nature showed up from her ugly side and threw one rainstorm in after another. But it turned out to be a 16th place, after only 9 rounds of training.
In 2016, Mikkel drove for MRS (Molitor Racing System) in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. He participated as the only Dane in the world’s largest field of similar cars. 2016 was also the year he was able to take part in his first 24-hour race, more specifically 24H Dubai. A race where Mikkel showed really good feeling, techniques along the way and at the same time showed that he is one of the drivers that you should definitely keep an eye on in the future.
During the winter break between the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Mikkel was on stage twice during the Danish Motorsport Award. Partly to receive the award as the talent of the year. Partly to receive the audience award.
In 2017 and 2018, Mikkel drove in the Porsche Mobil 1 SuperCup. His best placement in 2017 was an eighth-place out of the 32 cars at the Mexico Grand Prix. Mikkel’s best 2018 ranking was a fifth-place – a result he also achieved in the streets of Monaco!
Also in 2019, Mikkel O. Pedersen was to be found in the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup. In 2020, Mikkel competes in the GT World Challenge.