Girlpower: Christina Nielsen - The Middle East Experience (Blog #9)

During the last couple of months, Christina Nielsen has been racing Porsches again. This time it was not the Porsche Carrera Cup in Germany but a new adventure in the Middle East. The young Danish lady is telling about her experience during the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

Christina NielsenWhen having to describe my experience in the Middle East I do not even know where to begin. I got to drive at some amazing tracks and I even got to drive my first night race. It was a one of a kind experience with an atmosphere that I don’t believe is that common around racetracks. Everyone from Lechner Racing, who is responsible for the championship, took very good care of me and welcomed me with open arms. So did the drivers and during the championship people were not divided between tents, but everyone was in the garages talking and having a good time together. This made it possible to get to know the other drivers on a personal level and people were in general supportive of each other and the main goal was to have a good time. I guess the main purpose when doing something, is to have fun. If you don’t have fun it is not where you should be investing your time. Luckily, I think the other drivers and I can all agree on that it is worth the time and if we had to invest more time we would not think twice about it.

Nielsen racing the GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

Unfortunately, I could not participate in the complete championship but I did take part in 4 out of 6 rounds. They took place at Bahrain Circuit, Yas Marina Circuit, Dubai Circuit and Losail Circuit. The championship was divided into 3 categories, but there was of course also a standing in the overall championship. The highest class was gold, then silver and then bronze. We were off to a good start with a 3rd and 2nd place among the silver drivers and a 5th and 6th place overall, when we begun the championship in Bahrain. But everyone kept improving and the level of competitiveness within the championship kept growing, which made it more difficult to achieve good results but also more exiting. I would probably have to say that of all the layouts I drove, Dubai was my favourite. What an awesome track with an interesting combination of corners. It contained the slow hairpins and tight corners that required the driver to bring the car in a good balance as well as some challenge but so cool high-speed corners.

Nielsen celebrating with her engineer

Together with the people who worked on my car we probably could not have wished for a better ending to our journey. At the last race at Losail racetrack we finished 5th overall and won the silver category. It was an amazing feeling to be standing listening to the Danish National song being played in Qatar. The only thing which was really missing was my dad. He would have loved it there and has always been my biggest support so it would have been the perfect moment if he could have been there. To see his face when I entered the pit – the biggest smile possible and the look in his eyes would have been full of joy and pride. But of course he was the first one I called after and as usual he had his spies out who already informed him about the outcome of the race!

In general I just want to thank everyone who helped me throughout the season and gave me the chance to compete in another championship. If I got the chance to do it again I would - no doubt!

Next up is ADAC GT Masters with the wonderful Porsche GT3 R. We had our first roll-out the week before at Spa-Francorchamps and I can not wait until the next test begins. The car is amazing and even though it will be an extremely hard championship to compete in I will be in good hands with Farnbacher Racing.