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Pål Virik Nilsen fights cancer – His toughest competitor yet

John Moore on 17th October 2019

Pal Virik Nilsen has today confirmed that he and Team Australia will not be competing at the Chinese round of the 2019 X-Cat World Championship due to take place in Shanghai in early November.

In a conversation he had with his long-time friend Chris Davies, the Norwegian racer spoke about his ongoing battle with cancer of the pharynx:

After several visits to my Doctor and hospital check-up’s in Norway, sadly enough about a month ago I was diagnosed with cancer.

To get that ‘news’ is just so hard and then to tell all those people around you is both mentally and physically tough.

I am now getting radiation treatment in Oslo and chemotherapy for the next six weeks.

The specialists have given me a positive prognosis which is good, but it will be an autumn like no other autumn I have ever had. It might sound like a cliché, but this is one race I must win, and I want to thank everyone who supports me during this period.

The Norwegian racer had made an excellent start to the 2019 X-Cat World Championship, with a podium place in Stresa, Italy but now Team manager Lars Inge Graver has said that the teams only focus now is to support Pal to win this battle:

For us there was no option to race in China with another pilot.

We now look forward to a great comeback at the final round in Dubai. Our main goal there will be to see that Pal is back in the Blue Roo’s cockpit again.

Pål Virik Nilsen – Racer, Author and Instructor

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