Nielsen Racing confirm driver lineup ahead of Le Mans debut

Nielsen Racing has confirmed their driver lineup ahead of the British team’s debut at the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The team will debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours race on September 19-20, in the LMP2 category.

The driver crew will have Alex Kapadia joining team regulars Tony Wells and Garett Grist, and will drive in the #24 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2.

The team currently competes other endurance championships such as the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), Michelin Le Mans Cup and more.

In their five years, they have won three championship titles amongst achieving a 23.3% win rate, and a 78.1% podium rate across 73 races in these different championships.

They earned their invite to Le Mans by winning the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS – LMP3) title in February.

Sven Thompson, Team Principal at Nielsen Racing said: “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, who drove for Nielsen Racing’s LMP3 campaign in the 2018 ALMS and ELMS, said: “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!”

Garett Grist gave his thoughts: “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.”