Danish female sportscar driver misses out on making history

Christina Nielsen’s championship hopes hit the skids in bad weather

Danish racing driver Christina Nielsen, 23, narrowly missed out on becoming the first woman to win an international sportscar championship over the weekend.

Racing for TRG-Aston Martin Racing, the daughter of racing driver Lars-Erik Nielsen held a one-point lead in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT-Daytona driver championships heading into the final race of the year.

But unfortunately the heaviest rain of the season saw the race paused for around an hour due to unsafe conditions before coming to a premature ending as night fell.

The race didn’t go Nielsen’s way as Scuderia Corsa scooped both the driver’s and team titles.

Super-consistent racer
Nevertheless, TRG did enough to finish second in the team championship.

“There have been plenty of women who have come into the sport, but they’ve never been at this level,” enthused TRG team principal Kevin Buckler.

“She’s the real deal. Christina’s been super-consistent. She hasn’t made mistakes.”

Denmark did have something to celebrate though, as the prestigious Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup was won by Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Danish motorsport hero Jan Magnussen, the father of Kevin, who last season raced in Formula One for McLaren.