dimanche 27 novembre 2016

A great 2016 for Denmark in Sportscar Racing


2016 was an amazing year for Denmark in international sportscar racing. Danish drivers and teams won multiple titles in the major championships worldwide.


Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen won the GTE-Pro drivers' title in FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing. They won two events, at the Circuit of the Americas and the finale in Bahrain.


Their winning #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was run by Danish team Young Driver AMR wichin claimed the teams' title ahead of AF Corse.


In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Christina Nielsen from Denmark became the first female driver to win a major North American Sportscar title.


She clinched the GT Daytona title along with team-mate Alessandro Balzan at the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTE from Scuderia Corsa. They won two events this year, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen.


Christina Nielsen also competed in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours with Danish team Formula Racing driving a Ferrari 458 Italia with Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac also from Denmark .


Another Danish driver who performed well in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was Jan Magnussen. The Corvette Racing ace was third in the drivers' standing along with team-mate Antonio Garcia.


The two drivers won overall the all-GT event of Virginia International Raceway driving the factory #3 Corvette C7.R and helped Chevrolet in clinching the prestigious manufacturers' title.


With two victories in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, David Heinemeier Hansson enjoyed a very successful season with Porsche.

He shared the Abu-Dhabi Proton Racing #88 Porsche 911 RSR with Khalid Al Qubaisi and Patrick Long and was one of the fastest in class.


The three Proton Competition drivers won the GTE-Am class at the 6 Hours of Mexico and the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

At the end of the season they were second overall in the GTE-Am drivers' standing behind the series' champions from AF Corse.


Micheal Christensen competed this year in the GTE-Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He shared the factory backed Dempsey Proton Racing #77 Porsche 911 RSR with 2015 champion Richard Lietz.


The two drivers have shown a great pace but were really unlucky as the 2016 spec Porsche faced a very harsh Balance of Performance all-season long.


Micheal Christensen also competed with the factory Porsche North America squad in three endurance events this year in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

He shared the #912 Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber and Frédéric Makowiecki in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the finale at Petit Le Mans.

Photos: Aston Martin / Ferrari / Chevrolet / Porsche