Nielsen Racing has announced their five drivers, that they are bringing to the Asian Le Mans Series 2022.
The team is traditionally seen as an LMP3 team, where they have claimed plenty of wins in both the Asian LMS and the European Le Mans Series.
Two of the most successful drivers for the team are Colin Noble and Tony Wells. They will continue racing together in a Ligier JS P320 #8, and will try to claim another title, after winning the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20, and the Michelin Le Mans Cup 2021.
When the team won the Asian LMS 2019/20, they received a Le Mans auto invitation as part of the prize, which they opted to use. They did, however, rent a car from Algarve Pro Racing, since they didn’t have an ORECA 07 Gibson of their own. But that has changed now, with a brand new LMP2 car being delivered this week, from the French manufacturer. But it’s not going to stay in Corby, Northants in the UK for long, since the car will be shipped off to the four races in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.
Rodrigo Sales will make the jump up to an LMP2 car, after having raced LMP3 and GTE cars throughout the past seasons. He will be joined by a very experienced driver, in the shape of Matt Bell. British Bell has raced a bonkers amount of kilometres in a racing car, with the majority of it being in an LMP3 car. But he will surely be able to convert into an LMP2 very swiftly.
Last, by not least, the ORECA 07 #7 will have Ben Hanley behind the wheel. Hanley is pretty much synonymous with DragonSpeed for the past many seasons, and has raced pretty much every race, that the team has entered. He was part of their Indycar adventure as well, but his biggest achievement to date is the Le Mans LMP2 Pro/Am victory in 2021 with DragonSpeed.
The Asian Le Mans Series 2022 starts on 11 February in Dubai, and finishes 9 days later with the final round in Abu Dhabi.