Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver Christina Nielsen decided to head north to Canada and compete in the season-opening weekend of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin before continuing her quest in the U.S. series, where she holds sixth place in Platinum Cup championship standings.
“We couldn’t find a test day (between Laguna Seca and Lime Rock), so we decided to compete in the Canadian series this weekend to get track time to prepare ourselves for our race in Lime Rock next week,” Nielsen said. “We want to be as competitive as possible.”
Nielsen qualified ninth in her No. 25 NGT Motorsport entry with a lap of 1 minute, 23.119 seconds Friday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where she will run later this season in the U.S. series. Both series are sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
“I’m happy with it,” Nielsen said of her qualifying run. “Time doesn’t matter to us; this is a practice session for when the GT3 Cup Challenge USA comes here. I’m looking forward to the race to have more track time and to continue to improve for when we come back.”
Nielsen will compete in two 45-minute races. Race One will start at 3:10 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 17, and Race Two at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 18 on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile (3.957 km) circuit.
“This is a demanding track,” Nielsen said. “It has a lot of challenges, a lot of difficult corners and elevation changes that makes it a risky track. I still feel insecure about my points on track, where to drive, where the line is and where the point spot is. But the team gave me a good car, and I felt comfortable in it today.”
Nielsen has endured changing weather conditions and cold temperatures during practice sessions and qualifying, which adds another element to learning a new track.
“A track is like a living creature with features that change all the time,” Nielsen said. “That is one of the elements that makes racing such a difficult sport to be good at. We are going to use the experience we have the best way we can, and I will do my best at giving as precise feedback as possible and we will take it from there. The mixed weather conditions make it even more difficult, but fun, as well.”
Source. Grand Solutions