In 2016, Christina Nielsen was the first Danish female to enter the most important endurance race in the world. Since then, she hasn’t slowed down, and this year marks the sportscar champion’s third consecutive entry into the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans event. From June 16th to the 17th, Nielsen will compete in the LM GTE Am class with the Italian team Ebimotors in Le Mans, France. She will co-drive the No. 80 Porsche 911 RSR with Italian endurance specialist Fabio Babini, with a third driver to be announced in due course..
In the past, Christina competed at Le Mans with Ferrari. This year, she’s racing with Porsche, the marque that has won the most victories at this storied circuit. She began her race season with Wright Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will race with the team’s 911 GT3 R for the full season. Contesting Le Mans with Porsche at the Circuit de la Sarthe adds another highlight to her already impressive racing calendar. Nielsen is currently part of Porsche Motorsport’s new program where she is a “Selected Driver” representing North America, and the first female in Porsche’s history to be officially associated with the factory.
“I’m super happy to go back to Le Mans,” Nielsen confirmed. “It’s one of those races that a driver dreams about doing at least once in their lifetime. Being able to say, at the age of 26, that I’m going to my third Le Mans is definitely pretty amazing. I’m excited to compete with the current mid-engine Porsche 911 RSR — that’s a first for me and definitely one of the biggest wishes that will come true.”
Ebimotors, the current Michelin Le Mans Cup champions, is an official partner of Porsche and has 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning pedigree in both its management and driver lineup. In addition to Nielsen, two-time winner Babini will join the team for his eighth Le Mans. In 2001, he won with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the GT class, and he took 2nd place at the French race in both 2008 and 2009 in the GT2 class.
“I’m very happy to have Christina with us at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Enrico Borghi, Ebimotors’ team manager. “The opportunity to be part of this incredible event is a great honor. Christina is young but already well experienced. The added value of this partnership is represented by the fact that Christina is also one of the Porsche Selected Drivers for 2018.”
Nielsen is also looking forward to her first race with the Italian squad. “Ebimotors is the team that my past [Scuderia Corsa] co-driver, Alessandro Balzan used to drive for, and he has spoken very highly of them,” Nielsen said. “I’m excited to work with them. Everyone on the team has been super sweet and has welcomed me with open arms, so I look forward to getting to know them better.”
Nielsen joins a handful of other drivers from Denmark, but as always, she stands out as a female driver on the 60-car, multi-class grid. “Le Mans is always a great race for me, being a Dane,” Nielsen continued. “The Danish support is amazing, and it’s a great place for me to get exposure for our partners and sponsors. Last year I was the only woman, and the year before there were two girls. It’s definitely something that creates a lot of attention — but once the flag drops, we’re all just drivers. I can’t wait to go racing.”
The ambitious driver is preparing for a very busy summer of competition which she’s grown accustomed to in her years of international racing. IMSA’s Detroit Grand Prix in Michigan, which is held from the 1st to the 2nd of June, precedes the official 24 Hours of Le Mans test in France by just one day. The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, then runs from the 16th to the 17th of June, and is followed by the six-hour IMSA race at Watkins Glen just two weeks later.
Keep up with Nielsen and her whirlwind schedule on social media by following her on Instagram and Twitter @christinaracing and on Facebook at facebook.com/ChristinaRacing.
About Christina Nielsen
Christina Nielsen is a Danish sportscar driver, and the first woman to ever win a major full-season sportscar championship in North America. She was the first Danish woman to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is a two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD-class champion, and is currently defending her title with a Wright Racing-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R. Christina has seen success with Porsche in the GT3 Middle East Challenge, the ADAC GT Masters, and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. She’s a published author and has filmed commercials with brands such as the Scandinavian telecommunications company, Telia. When she’s at home, Christina drives a Sapphire Blue Porsche 911 in her current place of residence, Los Angeles.
Ebimotors s.r.l., the first official Porsche Motorsport structure in Italy, was founded in 1998 and is the expression of Enrico Borghi’s technical and managerial skills, which were acquired in several world championships, Formula 1 and offshore competitions, and ultimately in the Porsche scene. The synergy with the Stuttgart manufacturer allowed Ebimotors to obtain significant results both nationally and internationally, such as participation in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 1998/ 99, in the FIA GT Championship from 2005 to 2007, and in the Carrera Cup Italia since 2007, which culminated with five consecutive victories from 2008 to 2012.
The new base of Ebimotors was inaugurated in 2006: it is a modern structure, subdivided in two independent departments, one of which is a Porsche Assistance Centre for road cars, consistent with the criteria and standards required by the Stuttgart, while the other is exclusively dedicated to Motorsport.
The greatest strength of Ebimotors is its team: Enrico Borghi has always granted great importance to the selection of his collaborators, understanding that a well-organized and well-motivated team is essential for winning races. The days before the competitions are in fact crucial: good preparation, both technical and organizational, minimizes risks during the race, thus allowing to meet goals.
Ebimotors, and its structure, is ever-present on the main national and international race tracks, always working at the highest levels in order to reach new achievements.
Source. Christina Nielsen