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Nielsen Firms Up ELMS & LMC Drivers

Noble and Wells return after winning the Asian Le Mans P3 crown

Nielsen Racing has announed its full driver crew for its 2020 European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup programmes.

The British-based team will field two Duqueine D08s in the ELMS. Fresh from winning the Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 title with the team, Tony Wells and Colin Noble will return to the team in its #7 D08.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup again this season sharing with Tony and racing for Nielsen,” said Noble. “Hopefully we can carry the momentum from winning the Asian Le Mans Series into Europe in the new Duqueine!”

The team’s second D08 meanwhile, will see former United driver Garett Grist race with Rob Hodes and Charles Crews, again a continuation of the Asian programme from 2019-20.

“This will be my first European season outside of the United Autosports camp,” said Grist.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to be the lead driver and to get to qualify. I have to thank Nielsen for giving me the chance to show what I am capable of.

“I think with Nielsen, the Norma, and our driver lineup we can take the fight to everyone on the grid. We will be hunting for victories and I look forward to leading our team.”

In addition to the ELMS programme, the team will also field three D08s in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Noble and Wells keep the #7 in this championship as do Hodes and Grist in the #10.

The #20 Grainmarket entry will see the pairing of Alex Mortimer and Mark Crader together for a second season.

“We have had a great winter season in the Asian Le Mans Series and we are especially pleased to have such great continuity heading into the European season,” said Sven Thompson, Nielsen Racingteam principal.

“Tony and Colin have proven winning pedigree and will be heading into the championship very much with their eyes on the title.

“Rob and Garett have made great strides together and cannot be discounted while Alex and Mark return and have shown they too have the pace to be towards the front of the field. We’re looking forward to the challenge and believe we’ll be bringing home plenty of silverware.”