Racing driver Christina Nielsen is no stranger to standing out. As the first woman to win a professional, full-season sports car championship in North America, the first female in Porsche’s history to be officially associated with the factory, and the first Danish female to enter the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, her third year in a row of entering the 24-hour race would be a remarkable achievement for any athlete. From June 16 to 17, Nielsen will again add to her page in sports history, racing with the Italian Porsche team Ebimotors and co-drivers Fabio Babini and Erik Maris in the GTE Am-category No. 80 Porsche 911 RSR at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the highlights of my year,” Nielsen said. “It’s a race that is unique and extreme in so many ways. It’s an amazing track with a lot of great corners, and during the race you’re dealing with fast traffic. The difference in speeds between the GT-category cars and the LMPs presents its own challenges, but coming from the IMSA series in North America, where we have multi-class racing, I’m comfortable with the pace.”
Nielsen competes full-time with Wright Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, where she is the two-time defending GTD-class champion as well as a Porsche “Selected Driver” representing the marque in North America. Her success both in Europe and the United States has earned her a large fan following.
“The support from fans at the drivers’ parade is something you don’t see anywhere else in the world,” she explained. “As a Dane, it’s cool because our country really has a strong presence there, so we truly feel the love from our Danish fans.”
Nielsen recently took part in an official test session for the 24-hour race, but due to mechanical problems was not able to get any time with the Porsche 911 RSR on that day. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the Porsche more,” she said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t complete a lap during the test due to some issues we had. Hopefully, I’ll get to plug in some time before the start of the race. Of course, once the race starts, all of the drivers will get plenty of time in the car, so I’m just ready to get back to work with Ebimotors.”
Nielsen has already had an active year with four IMSA races, including the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona, already complete. However, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is in a class of its own, requiring the highest level of focus and determination.
“It’s the longest race weekend I have all year, and it goes on for about a week,” she explained. “But I’m excited to get it started, and I had some time in Denmark to do some press work and recharge my batteries, so I’ll be ready to go once we hit the track!”
The first of three two-hour qualifying practice sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins at 10 p.m. local time on June 13. The following day, the second qualifying practice begins at 7 p.m. and the third begins at 10 p.m. The 24-hour race begins at 3 p.m. on June 16. Keep up with Nielsen’s third 24 Hours of Le Mans week on social media by following her on Instagram and Twitter at @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 Motorsports-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/Photo. Ebimotors