Christina Nielsen showed incredible calm under pressure during the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday. She held strong in a battle of GTD sportscars around 13 tricky turns with the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R prepared by Wright Motorsports. Patrick Long, her co-driver, shared driving duties over this two-hour, 40-minute race, after which the pair earned a seventh-place finish at the team’s home track.
Though this was only Nielsen’s second race at Mid-Ohio, she navigated each turn with a steady hand as she defended her seventh-place position in a heated battle during most of her 45-minute opening stint. She and her GTD-class competitors also dealt with traffic in the multi-class race, underlining her skilled driving during tense conditions as an important factor in the team’s clean race finish. The entire Wright Motorsports team worked hard to execute a consistent top-10 result on its home track.
“We’ve really gotten closer within Wright Motorsports, though we’ve only had three races together,” Nielsen said. “I really feel comfortable with this group. I know where I need to improve, and I also feel like the team improves internally when I do. We communicated very well with the challenges we had during this race, and we got through it all together. We finished with decent points, but we of course want better, and we’ve still got our eyes on the podium.”
Nielsen has a break before her next racing event, but the 2018 Porsche Selected Driver eagerly awaits any chance she has to race with Porsche.
“The next race is the Detroit Grand Prix,” Nielsen continued. “Detroit is more of my kind of track, so hopefully it will suit the Porsche. We also have a test at Watkins Glen that I look forward to attending. I’m still very excited every time I get behind the wheel to get seat time in the 911 GT3 R, because there’s so much to learn from this car.”
The Detroit Grand Prix will be held on June 1 and 2
Source. Christina Nielsen/Photo. Al Arena, Ignite Media