Everything has an end, also the 2012 season of Christina Nielsen in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The young Danish lady had an amazing season in this German racing series, with ups and downs. Victories and misfortunes were mixing up, but the good moments count the most. What Christina Nielsen will be racing in 2013 is still a bit of a mystery, but in her latest blog she is reviewing her 2012 season.
As I sat in the car for the first time during the weekend, I could not believe that I had already driven a whole season in this wonderful series. We all drove out of the pregrid area to enter the pitlane and as I drove there it made me a bit sad to think about that this could be my last time in this car. Even though it was not always an easy year I would do it all over again.
The end of the season is often a driver’s worst nightmare because we never know if we will have a new season, a new chance in the upcoming year. Luckily I can say that I will be driving next, but exactly what is not defined yet – when everything is sorted out and the timing is right I will make it official.
The weekend started out all right but as we got to the qualifying it was clear that we had reached the end of the season. People had gotten better and it had become closer than ever. Unfortunately, I pushed too early in the qualifying with my second set of tyres and flatspotted them so I did not get to do a good time with them. With my time from the first set of tyres I was now starting on P2 among the B-drivers.
When we got to the race I got a good start and throughout the race I was in a tight battle with Hoevert Vos for the first position among the B-drivers. Suddenly Clemens Schmid took me by surprise when he overtook me in the corner right after the Mercedes Arena, and I got off the line where there was no grip, which led to a spin. The amount of pick up on the tyres made the car feel unstable and I therefore thought I had a flat tyre. I drove to the pit to get it changed but at this point my race was over.
I wanted so badly to succeed and to have my last weekend end well, so when I finished the first race like this – honestly a tear rolled down my cheek after I got back to the tent. I have always told myself that I would not cry over a bad result, because I did not want to be one of those drivers who feel sorry for them self. But this is for racing drivers a passion, a fire in our hearts that never will or can be put out and when you put your whole heart into something it hurts 10 times as much when you fail.
The weekend was not over yet and after a good night of sleep I was ready to give it my all at the final race. My start went perfectly and I took the first position among the B-drivers in the first corner. I drove a steady race and finished in front of the second B-driver with almost the whole finish-straight as a gap. I could have wished to be placed a bit higher among all of the drivers but my focus was just on finishing first among the b-drivers.
It was a happy moment but also a moment which led to a lot of questions for 2013 – what would the next step be? I guess that is one of the beauties of motorsport and sports in general. You never know what the future brings, so it all comes down to living in the moment and giving it all you got every time you get the chance - because you never know if there will be a next time.
As my final word for this time I would like to say thank you to the people behind the media-art-car project and of course Farnbacher Racing and my dad for being so supportive. I would not have been able to have a season like this without them.
If you have not seen my car yet it will be a part of the exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Leipzig for 4 whole weeks. I am not sure yet when it is but I will update you on: http://www.facebook.com/ChristinaNielsenRacing
I also have some other very exiting news coming up but that will have to wait a bit.