Christina Nielsen, the current IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship GTD champion, is at the high point of her race season. Her most recent weekend with Wright Motorsports co-driver Patrick Long resulted in a first-place finish — the team’s first podium and victory of its 2018 campaign. After showing incredible perseverance all season long, the Porsche team finally got the results it had been working for since the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January.
Now, Nielsen must see the new success earned at Road America through to the next race at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday, August 19. The co-driver of the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R has the experience and motivation to capture another “perfect” victory at the Michelin GT Challenge.
Nielsen earned a GTD-class podium at VIR in 2015 and missed it by just one position last year. Wright Motorsports had two consecutive poles leading up to its most recent race and is prepared to fight for another. The team will compete in a field of 19 GT cars in the two-hour, 40-minute race just outside of Danville, Virginia.
“This is probably one of the most challenging tracks we race at all year,” said Nielsen. “VIR is a high-speed track and is very low-grip when you go off the line. The grip normally builds up through the weekend, but the margin of error for when you go offline is thin, and if you have no grip, the chance of you staying on track is very slim. So, that’s why you see a lot of drivers going off the track during that race. To do well, you have to be precise, focused and be consistent on hitting your mark — that’s the key to doing well in this race.
“VIR is a track that’s always put on some good battles,” Nielsen continued, “but it’s also difficult in some ways. There are places to overtake, but not that many. It’s normally very, very close racing, and like I mentioned before, if you get off track, which normally you do if you pass and have to go off of the racing line a bit, the grip level really goes down. That’s why it’s a difficult track to overtake on. But, I look forward to going there. It’s a beautiful, very green area. You’re really out in the woods and suddenly, you’re at this amazing racetrack!”
Source. Christina Nielsen