This has been a season of firsts for Christina Nielsen.
In March, she won her first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, capturing GTD class honors in the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Now, the 24-year-old Nielsen will make her first appearance this weekend in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, joining fellow Denmark countrymen Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac Jensen in the No. 60 Formula Racing Ferrari F458 Italia.
“In some ways, Sebring is similar to Le Mans because endurance racing is endurance racing,” Nielsen said in a media release. “You’ve always got to take care of the car, give it to the co-driver in the condition that you would like to receive it yourself, and you’ve got to consider that the battle is not fought in the fourth or sixth or eighth hours.
“But the rules are a little bit different for Le Mans. The rules regarding safety zones and safety cars are different, so it is a little bit of a different approach. But we’re going to give it our all.”
Nielsen is coming off a third-place finish at Detroit in the IMSA event there nearly two weeks ago, which helped increase the lead she and co-driver Alessandro Balzan have in the IMSA GTD point standings to eight points over Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas.
Nielsen just barely missed winning the GTD championship last season. She feels that a good run at Le Mans will only help enhance her chances to finally win that elusive crown this year.
“Le Mans has been on the list for a couple of years now,” Nielsen said. “It’s something every driver dreams of doing. I can’t thank Formula Racing enough for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to give it a shot.
“It’s going to be my first [Le Mans] 24 Hours. I’ve been to the track last year at the Aston Martin Racing Festival, but this is the first time there in the Ferrari with Mikkel (Mac Jensen) and Johnny (Laursen).”
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)