Christina Nielsen to race in 24 Hours of Le Mans

Christina Nielsen will be taking the wheel of a Ferrari for 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with Formula Racing. The 23-year-old Dane earned her seat after an impressive season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Nielsen is set to make history becoming the first Danish woman to take part in the historic 24 hour race.

Official Release (Translated)

Dec. 7, 2015 - Christina Nielsen gets busy in 2016. A short time ago she published a contract with Scuderia Corsa, where she will drive their Ferrari in the American IMSA series. Now she can add the classic Le Mans and European Le Mans Series, as she has just signed a contract with the Danish ELMS masters Formula Racing a full season in the team's Ferrari 458 GT2. The 23-year-old racer into a strong threesome that will win both the European Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nielsen is also the first Danish woman in the French classic.

- We are extremely pleased that Christina Nielsen has agreed to run for us in the coming season, says the team principal of Formula Racing, Allan Jorgensen.

- Christina has certainly proven to be a fast and stable GT-running and she has constantly managed to be in topppen. Her experience with long-distance race in the United States will undoubtedly strengthen our clear objective of both to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and repeat victory in the European Le Mans Series.

The FIA ​​classified silver running will share a Ferrari 458 GT2 with Formula Racing's successful Mikkel Mac and Johnny Laursen, who won this year's championship in the GTE class in the European Le Mans Series. A historic victory, which brought the Danish team access to Le Mans.

- This season has proved that Mikkel Mac is one of the world's best gold riders, while our bronze running Johnny Laursen been even faster than competitors in the silver level. With Christina Nielsen on the team, we are in no doubt that we have a sovereign winning car, says Allan Jørgensen.

Christina Nielsen has for the past two seasons made its name known on American racetracks, where she this year, as the first woman, was close to winning the GTD Championship TUDOR United Sportscar Championship and also became Rookie of the Year in the series Pirelli World Challenge.

The rapid woman has three times previously participated in the 24-hour race and impressed especially by connecting on a 2nd place in the famous 12-hour race at Sebring in the spring. A result which was immediately proclaimed to be the best motoring achievement for a Danish woman ever.

- To be the first Danish woman to run the 24-hour Le Mans seems completely unreal, says Christina Nielsen.

- We have worked a long time on the project, and it is a dream that comes true. There are many riders, especially Danes who strive for a Le Mans-seat, and I am extremely grateful that Formula Racing has decided to give me the chance to help them to victory.

Formula Racing's contract with Christina Nielsen include a full season in the European Le Mans Series, which consists of six races, starting with a four-hour race at Silverstone on 16 April. 24-Hours of Le Mans will take place on 18th-19th June, when Formula Racing make up the GTE Am class.

Via: Christina Nielsen Official Site