Professional racing driver Christina Nielsen continues a packed 2016 season in Italy this week as her European Championship-winning Formula Racing team brings its No. 60 Ferrari 458 GTE “home” to the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, known worldwide as Imola.
Nielsen is looking to help her teammates to move up to a podium position this weekend in pursuit of a run to retain the much-prized European Le Mans Series title for the all-Danish team.
Arriving in Europe off the back of a breakthrough win at the world-famous 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida, hopes are high of continued success for both the team and for Nielsen, a new driver for the team in its title defense.
This is a tough circuit, tight, very technical, and tough to pass on. Qualifying is going to be important, and staying out of other team’s troubles even more important. The weather for the weekend looks less than ideal, too, so changing track conditions will take some getting used to for very many of the drivers on the (42-car) grid.
Imola has been home to no fewer than 27 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix and sits just over an hour away from the iconic Ferrari factory in Maranello, home to the world’s most famous road and race cars.
Spiritual home of the fanatically passionate Ferrari fans, dubbed the ‘Tifosi’ (literally meaning ‘fans’), anything and everything about Ferrari is the subject of great passion and debate.
Bringing the Ferrari here is very special, of course. The local fans love Ferrari, but most of all they love Ferrari to win. Here’s hoping we can encourage them to get behind our effort. The history here is impossible to miss. Every part of the circuit has reminders of a proud racing past. Everyone here, though, wants to help write the next chapter.
We have a strong team and a car with proven race-and title-winning ability. Now it will be a matter of each of the drivers giving their very best efforts in speed and consistency.
Qualifying gets underway at Imola on Saturday, May 14 at 13:50 local time in Italy with the race, the 4 Hours of Imola, getting the green flag at 14:00 on Sunday, May 15.
Christina Nielsen Press Release
Photos: Scuderia Corsa / Formula Racing - Gary Parravani