IMSA: Nielsen Wins at Watkins Glen, Increases GT Daytona Points Lead

IMSA: Nielsen Wins at Watkins Glen, Increases GT Daytona Points Lead

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IMSA: Nielsen Wins at Watkins Glen, Increases GT Daytona Points Lead


Christina Nielsen and her Scuderia Corsa teammates won their second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race in the GT Daytona class Sunday afternoon at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International (WGI).

Danish driver Nielsen expanded her lead in the GT Daytona standings of the WeatherTech Championship to 13 points, unofficial results showed Sunday evening, with her second victory and fourth consecutive podium finish of the season. Nielsen and Scuderia Corsa teammates Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal also won the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in mid-March.

“It was a little like our weekend at Sebring; we had some challenges,” Nielsen said. “But the car handled super well. It was a pleasure to drive the Ferrari 488 GT3 this weekend. Everyone kept pushing and kept fighting. I have to give it to my two co-drivers for putting in an amazing performance and, of course, our engineer. His strategy was perfect.”

Nielsen, Balzan and Segal teamed up to climb to victory after starting fourth in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3. Nielsen started the six-hour race event after qualifying Saturday on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn hilltop track located in Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

Scuderia Corsa placed first in the GTD series at WGI on Sunday, July 3.

An impressive, fast opening stint by Nielsen pushed the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari from fourth to second place. Segal took over and also finished his stint in second. Balzan then took over and drove the car to the front, turning the quickest lap of the race in the GTD class, leading the team to victory and growing its GTD championship lead.

This victory was a successful start to a very busy stretch of three consecutive race weekends in two series on two continents for Nielsen.

Nielsen is racing this Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, with Scuderia Corsa in an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington, Ontario. Then she heads across the Atlantic to compete in the European Le Mans Series with Formula Racing on July 15-17 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

“I’m back to Los Angeles for 48 hours,” Nielsen said. “I don’t think I’ve been home for about five weeks. There’s nothing better than sleeping in your own bed. I’m really looking forward to recharging my batteries at home.”

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