Monday February 24th 2020
Colin Noble leads the way at Buriram
Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson
On just their second attempt, and the first time in a Norma LMP3 chassis, Nielsen Racing emerged from the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series as champions with Midlothian based driver, Colin Noble and team mate, Tony Wells sealing the LMP3 championship with second place at the final round in Buriram, Thailand.
An inauspicious start to the race, when Tony Wells was collected by a passing LMP2 car, was soon overcome with the pair taking advantage from Inter Europol Competition falling by the wayside, leaving the door open for the British team to walk through to a well deserved championship crown on foreign soil for the first time in the team’s fifth year of competition.
A coveted entry to the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours is the added prize for the team, should they choose to utilise it, but for now, team principal David “Sven” Thompson focusses on the moment. “It’s great to come to Asia again and win the title with Colin and Tony. They are part of the structure and fabric of Nielsen Racing and I could not have wished for anything more from them. They both drove a fantastic campaign and deserve their success”
A delighted Colin Noble “It feels great to have my first major international championship under my belt and to do it with Tony and Nielsen makes it extra special”
Tony wells was equally happy “It’s all a bit surreal to be honest, I hadn’t realised how nervous I was in the beginning and completely fluffed the start, but after a few issues I got going and picked up the pace and Colin did the job to get us back to the front”
Both drivers expressed commiserations for their beaten rivals “We’re sorry for Martin and Nigel (who retired mid race) but to be honest I think that even if they had finished today we would have given them a good run for their money”
The team will now head back to Europe and more “Le Mans Series” competition where the next target will be the European Le Mans crown.
Asian Le Mans Series results for the Nielsen Racing team
R1 – Shanghai, China – P2
R2 – The Bend, Australia – P1
R3 – Sepang, Malaysia – P4
R4 – Buriram, Thailand – P2