Continuity is key for Nielsen Racing as they prepare for the European season of racing ahead in both the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The British-based team recently secured the Asian Le Mans Series title in style with Tony Wells and Colin Noble. This long-standing paring continues into the European season as they team up in the #7 Duqueine D08 LMP3.
The team will also field a second D08 for Garett Grist, Rob Hodes and Charles Crews, again a continuation of the Asian programme from 2019-20.
This will be the team’s third season in ELMS and having shown race-winning pace in both campaigns, Nielsen Racing intends to carry the momentum from Asia. In addition to the ELMS programme, the team will also field three D08s in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Colin and Tony keep the #7 in this championship as do Rob and Garett in the #10.
The #20 Grainmarket entry will see the pairing of Alex Mortimer and Mark Crader together for a second season.
Colin Noble #7
“I’m really looking forward to competing in ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup again this season sharing with Tony and racing for Nielsen. Hopefully we can carry the momentum from winning the Asian Le Mans Series into Europe in the new Duqueine!”
Rob Hodes #10
“I am super excited to make my European Le Mans Debut. I am thrilled to be doing so with Nielsen Racing and my two teammates Garett Grist and Charles Crews; great chemistry. Sven and his amazing Nielsen crew are fantastic, they went to battle for with us in Asia and I am looking forward to doing the same in Europe. We will be the counter to the norm with the Norma for 2020, let’s hope it pays off!”
Garett Grist #10
“This will be my first European season outside of the United Autosports camp. 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.”
Charles Crews #10
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to get the opportunity to return to Nielsen Racing with Rob Hodes and Garett Grist. We managed to really get things rolling towards the end of our Asian Le Mans Series debut and feel we can carry the momentum we built there into solid ELMS results. I am most certainly looking forward to getting a taste of the new Duqueine D08 and hope that it carries forward the superiority that it left off with at the close of the 2019 season.”
Sven Thompson, Team Principal
“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. 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.”
Nielsen Racing 2020 season
European Le Mans Series
#7 Tony and Colin
#10 Rob, Garett and Charles
Le Mans Cup
#7 Tony and Colin
#10 Rob and Garett
#20 Alex and Mark, Grainmarket
IMSA Prototype Challenge
#17 Rob and Garett.
Source. BAM Motorsport