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Defending IMSA GTD-Class Champion Christina Nielsen’s Next Target: the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

After earning a remarkable sixth place in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans event in France, Christina Nielsen is ready for her next race: the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in New York on July 1. Nielsen won this endurance race two years ago, and this weekend she’ll aim for the podium once again. She and her co-drivers, Patrick Long and Robert Renauer, will drive the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R against 17 other GTD-class opponents in the sixth round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship’s 12-race season.

“For me, Watkins Glen is one of the best tracks in America,” Nielsen said. “It’s the classic American road course — it’s old school and you have to have a really good flow to be fast. Now that it’s been resurfaced, the track speeds have gotten even faster. It’s also a track where you have to be really precise because if something happens, the consequences are quite high.”

Christina won here in 2016, though this will be her first time racing at the 14-turn, 4-mile road course in a Porsche 911 GT3 R. She’s steadily increased her skill and knowledge of this marque throughout her 2018 season, so she is well-prepared for this important endurance race on the IMSA calendar. The Dane will take her laps on the track with a confidence earned from her focus and achievement in this series.

“It’s a great summer race over an American holiday weekend, the Fourth of July,” she continued. “This six-hour race is one of the [Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup] endurance rounds, which are great to be part of. We’re going to have Robert back as our third driver along with Patrick and I. My Watkins Glen weekend is followed by a media day with IMSA promoting our next race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and we’ll race there the following week, making two very cool weekends of racing.”

Source. Christina Nielsen/Photo. Al Arena/Ignite Media


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