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.

Garett Grist, driver in the #24 Oreca 07 Gibson added “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.”

Sven Thompson commented “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.”

Alex Kapadia, driver in the #24 Oreca 07 Gibson concluded “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!”

Nielsen’s 2020 racing calendar

   23/8 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR R4IMSA
   29/8 Le Castellet Round R3LMC
   29/8 4H Le Castellet R3 ELMS
   18/9 Road to Le Mans R4LMC
   19/9 88th 24 Heures Du Mans
   27/9 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-OhioR5IMSA
 10/10 Monza Round R5LMC
 11/10 4H Monza R4ELMS
 17/10 Petit Le Mans R6IMSA
   1/11 Portimão RoundR6LMC
   1/11 4H PortimãoR5ELMS
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