Nielsen looks for podium finishes at Yas Marina Circuit
Christina Nielsen, the first female driver to race in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, is looking for more podium finishes when action returns to the iconic Yas Marina Circuit for Rounds 3 and 4 of the race series on the 7th December.
The talented Danish driver produced two solid races in Rounds 1 and 2 in Bahrain to finish sixth and eight respectively, showcasing her undoubted potential in the region's most exciting and professional race series. Her impressive debut has sent a clear message out to the rest of the grid that she will be one of the drivers to be feared throughout the season.
Speaking ahead of testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Nielsen said: "I was proud of my performance in Bahrain as it was a solid start. Just being back in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup again after racing in Germany in Carrera Cup was a special feeling. But I feel I can step up my pace at the Yas Marina circuit and fight for the podium. That is my aim for Rounds 3 and 4."
She added: "I have been fortunate enough to race on some of the world's most renowned circuits such as the Nürburgring. But the Yas Marina Circuit has already become a 'must' track to drive. Everything about the place looks spectacular. I cannot wait for testing and to experience it myself for the first time."
Walter Lechner, Manager of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, said: "Christina has already proved she is a driver of immense talent. It's hard for a driver when every track is completely new to you. However I fully expect her to challenge for podium places this season if she continues to develop and learn. She has earned the respect she deserves. All the drivers know this year is the most competitive line-up yet."
The 20 year old from Rungsted, who is currently seventh on the overall driver standings, is also vying for the Michelin trophy against teenage sensation Zaid Ashkanani and Saudi Falcons Faisal Binladen.
Nielsen, who currently lies third in the Michelin Trophy on 28 points, behind leader Ashkanani on 32 points and Binladen on 31, is also confident of mounting a strong challenge to win the Trophy.
She said: "Zaid and Faisal are fantastic drivers, who will be strong contenders for the trophy, but I am confident in my own ability. I've had some great battles with these guys. As Bahrain showed this is pure flat out racing and that's the way I like it. I'm out here to win not make up the numbers."