Grist describes his first Le Mans 24H experience as ‘incredible’

Garett Grist of the #24 Nielsen Racing team thoroughly enjoyed his and the team’s LMP2 debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and Michelin Le Mans Cup (both WEC’s feeder series’) team regular made the move from LMP3 to LMP2 at their maiden intentions to race at the Le Mans 24H.

“That was absolute mega! I loved it!” said Grist.

“My first time to race in a 24-hour race, first LMP2 race – so a lot of firsts!

“There wasn’t much testing due to COVID and we’re not an LMP2 team and this is so different to an LMP3 car,” where he claimed a P4 finish at the Road to Le Mans event only hours before the Le Mans 24H began.

As one of their most recent regulars, Grist has won in a range of series from Radicals and the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) and more.

He then joined Nielsen Racing’s Michelin Le Mans Cup and ELMS campaigns in their LMP3 cars for 2018.

“It’s more of a race car: faster, more downforce – it’s just a better version of an LMP3,” he said comparing the step up to an Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2.

The #24 crossing the start/finish line at the end of the Le Mans 24H – Credit: Nielsen Racing

“A lot of work has gone into this and the fact that we finished the race just shows how good of a job the boys did.

“We had a couple of issues through the race that cost us – potentially a top-10 result, but they weren’t issues from the team,” finishing 16th (in LMP2) by the end.

“The antenna has nothing to do with them. It was things that were outside our control that hurt us.

“Our pace was on it too, especially compared to some of the gold and platinum drivers out there.

“I’d do it again in a heartbeat – it was incredible – so a huge thank you to Tony [Wells] for this opportunity and to Nielsen for giving us a mega car with no issues.

“I’m off to sleep for a week now,” he mockingly concludes his first 24 Hours of Le Mans experience.