Christina Nielsen, Pat Long and Wright Motorsports finished an intense race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a spectacular second-place result. The Porsche team’s success at Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship’s Michelin GT Challenge continues the streak of accomplishments the team has been working for throughout the season. This podium finish is the second in a row for the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R after last week’s momentous victory at Road America.
Both co-drivers fought hard and showed their dominance in the GTD class throughout the two-hour, 40-minute race in Virginia. If at any instance they lost positions, the Porsche drivers quickly and skillfully regained them. Long’s opening stint established a comfortable top-three placement for Nielsen to slide into when it was her turn. She battled stiff competition from cars both immediately ahead of and just behind her Porsche, often racing within a half second of each one simultaneously, as the pack wove through the 3.27-mile road course. Long then took the car to the finish in his stint, where the heat turned up further as he elbowed his way into second place on the last lap, gathering valuable points for Wright Motorsports.
“I’m really proud of Wright Motorsports, Pat and the entire Porsche crew … and a little proud of myself as well!” Nielsen said. “It was a very good day. We had a minor issue — I wasn’t perfect during the final driver change — but other than that, I would say it was a flawless day with our second-place finish. I’d say that it was 99 percent perfect. I’m so happy! The team executed well and the car was so good to drive.”
Nielsen, the Porsche Selected Driver for North America and defending IMSA GTD Champion, has gained a wealth of experience in her first season with Porsche specialists Wright Motorsports.
“One of the things I’ve been really impressed with is how the team has managed to set up the car to make it fast, but also good over time,” she continued. “The lifespan of the tires is really important for us to do well in these races, and today we showed that that was one of our strongest assets we had to fight with. VIR is one of the most difficult tracks, if not the most difficult track we race at. To have a finish like this really feels good and gives us even more confidence going into our next race at Laguna Seca.”
The GTD team’s next race, the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring America’s Tire 250, is from September 7 through 9 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca just outside of Monterey, California.
Source. Christina Nielsen