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Quinta, 20 Agosto 2020 20:16 | Actualizado em Sexta, 18 Junho 2021 23:33

Wells, Grist and Kapadia in for Le Mans

Nielsen Racing is delighted to confirm that team regulars Tony Wells and Garett Grist will be joined at the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans by Alex Kapadia at the wheel of the #24 Oreca Gibson.  For the British-based team, the September 19-20 event will mark their debut in the blue riband event, having earned the entry by winning the Asian Le Mans Series in February.

ABOUT NIELSEN
With its roots in the UK Radical championship, the team took its name in 2014 with its collaboration with Nielsen Chemicals. Over the next six seasons, Tony Wells has proven to be a pivotal driver for the team headed up by Sven Thompson, culminating in two Henderson LMP3 Cup titles and victory in Asian Le Mans earlier in the year.

The team has been busy preparing for the ultimate test at Circuit de la Sarthe. Following the recent European Le Mans Series round at Circuit Paul Ricard, the team took the opportunity to test the new LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson at Estoril, with further running scheduled for Spa-Francorchamps. With 24 expected entries in the LMP2 category, the team are facing some very stiff competition, but are also relishing the opportunity to take the start of their first 24 Hours of Le Mans. 
Sven Thompson, Team Principal Nielsen Racing

“It’s an honour for us to be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time. The chance of doing this event is not something to pass up, so when we took the Asian Le Mans Series title, we started to look at our options for the big race. The global pandemic has made life harder for everyone, both within the sport and outside of the sport, but we’re really happy with the way we have brought together a strong line-up and we now look forward to a competitive race next month."
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No. races 73 | Victory rate 23.3%| Podium rate 78.1%| Championships 3
ABOUT THE DRIVERS
For Tony, from success in Radicals, to winning both in the Asian and European LMP3 categories is quite a journey. Equally, the more recent addition of Garett to the stable has been successful, showing race-winning pace in multiple championships in the team leader role. Alex returns to the team and he too has a great history in the Radical championships, taking the European Masters Series in 2009 before competing with Nielsen Racing both in the LMP3 Cup and the 2018 European Le Mans Series. 
Garett Grist, driver in the #24 Oreca 07 Gibson

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Growing up as a kid, I would camp out in my family room - staying up all night to watch it - and now I’m in it! It’s my first time, so personally, I just want to learn as much as I can, get all the laps in and gain as much experience as possible. It’s so valuable for my career. I want to thank Nielsen Racing and Tony for trusting me with this.
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Alex Kapadia, driver in the #24 Oreca 07 Gibson

“I’m really looking forward to the event as a whole. I first drove for Sven’s team when it was known as Mark’s Electricals in 2012 and then again with the team in its current guise from 2015. I have raced at Le Mans in the past in GTE and we will soon be testing at Spa in low aero configuration to prepare for the 24-Hour race.

“It’s a new challenge for the team, its first LMP2 race and going against rivals that compete in P2s week in week out, so our aim is to accelerate our learning process, gel as a team and get up to speed as soon as possible!”

About The 24 Hours of Le Mans

The "24 Heures du Mans" is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923.

 Circuit de la Sarthe, France
  • 13.626 km /8.467 mi
  • 38 turns
  • 2019 pole 3:25.073
Event information  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be held behind closed doors.
  The race will be shown live in Eurosport, available through Sky Sports and Prime. 

2020 Championship Standings - after 2 rounds

 

 European Le Mans

Pos.

 Points

 #7 

 Wells/Noble

 6th

18 

#10 

 Grist/Hodes/Crews

15th

  

 
Le Mans Cup

 

 

#7 

 Wells/Noble

 6th

 15.5 

#10 

 Grist/Hodes/Crews

15th

 4 

#20 

 Crader/Mortimer

13th

 4 

Nielsen Racing 2020 season lineup

24 Hours of Le Mans
#24 - Tony Wells, Garett Grist and Alex Kapadia

European Le Mans Series
#7 - Tony Wells and Colin Noble
#10 - Rob Hodes, Garett Grist and Charles Crews

 
Le Mans Cup
#7 - Tony Wells and Colin Noble
#10 - Rob Hodes and Garett Grist
#20 - Alex Mortimer and Mark Crader

Nielsen's 2020 racing calendar

   15/7

 Paul Ricard official test

   18/7

 Le Castellet Round

 R1

 LMC

   19/7

 4H Le Castellet

 R1

 ELMS

     8/8

 Spa Round

 R2

 LMC

     9/8

 4H Spa-Francorchamps

 R2

 ELMS

   23/8

 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

 R4

 IMSA

   29/8

 Le Castellet 120

 R3

 LMC

   29/8

 Le Castellet 240

 R3

 ELMS

   18/9

 Road to Le Mans

 R4

 LMC

   19/9

 88th 24 Heures Du Mans  

   27/9

 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

 R5

 IMSA

 10/10

 Monza Round

 R5

 LMC

 11/10

 4H Monza

 R4

 ELMS

 17/10

 Petit Le Mans

 R6

 IMSA

   1/11

 Portimão Round

 R6

 LMC

   1/11

 4H Portimão

 R5

 ELMS

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