Nielsen Racing Confirm Two Car Norma Effort in 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup
Nielsen Racing has confirmed details of a planned two-car effort in the 2019 Michelin Le mans Cup to add to their already confirmed two car ELMS effort in LMP3.
2018 race winner Colin Noble returns and is joined by his 2019 ELMS driving partner Tony Wells.
The second car sees 2007 British GT Champion, and reigning Radical European Masters Champion Alex Mortimer (below) joined by Mark Crader who has a recent background in Radicals, recording his first victory in 2016 before taking the title in two categories in 2018 alongside Alex.
Both duos will contest the Le Mans Cup in Norma M30 LMP3 cars, a switch from the Ligiers used by the team in recent seasons.
2018 saw the team take two wins and six podiums on their way to finishing second and third overall in the LMP3 Championship of the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
“It’s an exciting time for Nielsen Racing and we are delighted to confirm our entry in the Le Mans Cup,” said Team Manager David ‘Sven’ Thompson. “I know the drivers are raring to go and it’s great to have Tony and Colin competing alongside their ELMS commitments and it’s a pleasure to have Alex and Mark in the team.
“Nielsen Chemicals have been with us for the last four years and we intend to give them plenty of exposure in both Le Mans Cup and ELMS,” he continued. “We look forward to their support and hope to achieve more great results together.”
Colin Noble: “We had a good 2018 with results coming steadily as the season progressed, with wins in the UK and in Le Mans Cup and with podiums in the European and Asian Le Mans Series.
“With the changes, we have made, we are aiming to be as competitive as possible in 2019 both in the ELMS and in Le Mans Cup.
“Strong results and a huge amount of racing time in the car build both performance and confidence and both Tony and I are raring to go for what is already looking to be a very busy 2019 season.
“The switch to the Norma was a tough choice after so much success with the Ligier but from our experiences in testing it looks like it suits the style of both Tony and myself better at this point. We both feel there’s a lot more to come from the chassis.”
Tony Wells: “I’m very excited about the 2019 season, both to be sharing the car with Colin in both championships, and with the change from Ligier to Norma. I’m looking forward to the challenge!”
The six-round calendar will include a doubleheader of 55-minute ‘Road To Le Mans’ races around the full Le Mans 24 Hours circuit in race week, the second of which takes place in front of c.250,000 people on the morning of the 24 Hours itself.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup gets underway at Paul Ricard Circuit in Southern France on 13 April before visiting Monza (Italy) Le Mans, Barcelona, Spa-Francorchamps and the Algarve Circuit in Portugal.