This weekend, Christina Nielsen will return to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is also one of the tracks she visited most frequently during her first full season of racing in North America. The Danish racer, currently the defending IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship GTD-class title holder, first earned a podium in Canada in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge in 2014. On July 8, she’ll defend her championship standing with Wright Motorsports’ No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
With only a few days between the previous IMSA race in New York and the next event in Ontario, Nielsen is hopeful that the setup the Wright team perfected at Watkins Glen will benefit her and co-driver Patrick Long in Canada. Both tracks are known for being fast, technical circuits. “It’s going to be cool to return to CTMP with Porsche,” Nielsen said. “We’ll be coming fresh off of the Watkins Glen race where we had really decent pace. We had a good car there, and both tracks are high-speed tracks, so I’m hoping the work we did at Watkins can be translated to a good car at CTMP.”
Her early success at the 2.459-mile Canadian track was in a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup in 2014 as part of the GT3 Cup Challenge USA. In that series, she earned one podium finish, and has continued to hone her racecraft while targeting the podium with other manufacturers since then. Nielsen took a third-place finish here last year, but this will be the first time since 2014 the Porsche “Selected Driver” will race this track with the German marque and with Wright Motorsports.
GTD-class qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix is on July 7 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:25 p.m. Eastern time. The two-hour, 40-minute race starts at 2:05 p.m. on July 8.
Source. Christina Nielsen