Christina Nielsen

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Christina Nielsen
Nationality Danish
Born (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25)
Hørsholm, Denmark
Related to Lars-Erik Nielsen (father)
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season 2014
Current team Scuderia Corsa
Car no. 63
Former teams TRG-AMR North America
NGT Motorsport
Starts 25
Wins 2
Best finish 1st in 2016
Previous series
2015
2014
2012-2014
2013
2012
2010-2011
2010
2007-2009
Pirelli World Challenge
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA
Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East
ADAC GT Masters
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
ADAC Formel Masters
Formel Ford Denmark
Karting
Championship titles
2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD

Christina Nielsen (born 10 January 1992 in Hørsholm, Denmark) is a Danish auto racing driver who is the first female driver to win a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series title. She is the daughter of auto racing driver Lars-Erik Nielsen, who raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 2000s.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Nielsen started her karting career in 2007. After karting for a couple of years, she switched to formal racing in 2010.

Formel Ford Denmark & ADAC Formel Masters[edit]

After karting from 2007 to 2009, Nielsen made her formula racing debut in 2010 in the Danish Formula Ford Championship. Finishing the season in 9th position.

After doing two one off appearances in the ADAC Formel Masters in 2010, Nielsen went on to do a full season in 2011.

GT Racing[edit]

For 2012, Nielsen switched to the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany running in the B-class. She ended the season 5th in class.

In 2013, Nielsen switched to the ADAC GT Masters. For 2014, Nielsen raced in the United SportsCar Championship for NGT Motorsport.

In 2015, Nielsen ran the entire IMSA SportsCar Championship in a GTD Aston Martin Vantage V12 under the TRG-AMR banner, partnering with Kuno Wittmer and James Davison.[2] She claimed four second-place finishes and a third, finishing runner-up two points behind Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler.

The Dane continued in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2016, joining Scuderia Corsa to drive alongside Alessandro Balzan in a GTD-class Ferrari.[3] She won the 12 Hours of Sebring with Jeff Segal as third driver. With another win at 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and four additional podiums throughout the season, Nielsen and Balzan won the 2016 IMSA SportsCar series Championship, with a 299-point total for the year, and thus Nielsen became the first woman to win a major full-season professional sports car championship in North America.[4][5][6]

Racing record[edit]

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series results[edit]

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2014 NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT America Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 GTD DAY
9
SIR
DNF
LBH
LS
DET
S6H
6
MSP
LRP
ELK
VIR
AUS
PET
34th 73
TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 GTD DAY
SIR
LBH
LS
DET
S6H
MSP
LRP
ELK
VIR
AUS
PET
10
2015 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 GTD DAY
13
SIR
2
LBH
LS
5
DET
2
S6H
DNF
MSP
LRP
3
ELK
2
VIR
2
AUS
8
PET
9
2nd 279
2016 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 GTD DAY
6
SIR
1
LBH
LS
2
DET
3
S6H
1
MSP
4
LRP
11
ELK
3
VIR
7
AUS
3
PET
2
1st 299
2017 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 GTD DAY
16
SIR
2
LBH
3
AUS
2
DET
2
S6H
MSP
LRP
ELK
VIR
LS
PET
2nd* 141*

*Season still in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2016 Denmark Formula Racing Denmark Johnny Laursen
Denmark Mikkel Mac
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Am
319 35th 6th
2017 United States Scuderia Corsa Italy Alessandro Balzan
United States Bret Curtis
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Am
314 44th 14th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sportscar365.com (Oct 1, 2016). "Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan clinch GTD championship". Fox Sports.com. Retrieved Oct 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dagys, John. "TRG-AMR Signs Nielsen for GTD Program with Davison". Sportscar365.com. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  3. ^ DiZinno, Tony. "Scuderia Corsa Confirms GTLM, GTD Programs". SportsCar365. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Marshall Pruett (Oct 1, 2016). "IMSA: Nielsen, Balzan clinch GTD championship". Racer Media. Retrieved Oct 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Weathertech SportsCar Championship standings for 2016". Racing Reference. Oct 1, 2016. Retrieved Oct 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Sportscar365.com (2016-08-07). "Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan clinch GTD championship". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 

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