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Nielsen & Buurman Join Griffith For Bathurst

In a Pro-Am Black Falcon-run Mercedes AMG GT3

Bathurst 12 Hour stalwart Mark Griffith will be joined by IMSA GTD ace Christina Nielsen and Yelmer Buurman in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour, driving the Pro-Am class Team Nineteen Corp Mercedes AMG GT3, run by Black Falcon.

“Christina and Yelmer are both professional drivers in their field and great additions to the team,” Griffith said.

“I’m looking forward to working with them and putting on a good show this year. If things go to plan then we should be able to contend for a Pro-Am win and, like with any race at Bathurst, who knows where we will end up outright if we have a good day.”

26-year-old Nielsen, from Denmark, is a regular in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car series in the United States, and became the first female driver to win a championship in the series in 2016. She also won the 2017 title, also driving a Ferrari for Scuderia Corsa.

She also has three starts in the LeMans 24 Hours to her credit. Prior to competing in the United States’ top Sports Car series, Nielsen raced in multiple Carrera Cup championships throughout Europe as well as the ADAC GT Masters series in Germany.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity and the new challenge to race with AMG in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and at a track like Bathurst,” Nielsen said.

“It’s particularly special to race there because of the close connection Bathurst has with Allan Simonsen, who was a great friend and mentor for my racing career before he passed away.”

Fellow Danish driver Simonsen was a former lap record holder at Mount Panorama and a star of the race in it’s formative years as a GT enduro. The Allan Simonsen pole award is named in his honor.

31-year-old Dutchman Yelmer Buurman will join Nielsen and Griffith this year, also making his first start at Mount Panorama.

Last year, Griffith, who is making his sixth start in the 12 Hour in ’19, finished 15th overall in the race.

Team Nineteen will also field a pair of Ginetta entries in the GT4 class this year, with drivers to be announced soon.