Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen RacingBack to August 2018
Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing scored its second consecutive European Le Mans Series podium finish today at Silverstone on home soil, the #7 Ligier JS P3 enjoying a faultless performance, finishing just a handful of seconds behind the leader.
Christian Olsen started the car, from seventh place, and in the melee at the start managed to climb to fifth and avoid any contact with other cars. As his stint wore on, his pace improved, the Dane holding station until the halfway mark, handing the car over to Alex Kapadia under a minute behind the leading car.
From there, Kapadia pushed on to try and climb the order further, the Briton able to string two daring moves to take third in class before the final hour. Noble was in for the run to the flag, and quickly rose to second after an issue for the car ahead at its final stop.
With the leader in sight, Noble gave his all in pursuit of the win. Initially, the leader responded by matching the young Scotsman’s times, but in the final laps he managed to get within striking distance. It wasn’t quite enough though, and he crossed the line nine seconds behind the winning car.
The result means the team picks up yet another haul of 18 points, meaning the team heads into the penultimate round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps next month sixth in the standings, and just 19.5 points off the leaders with eight hours of racing remaining and 52 points on offer.
Colin Noble: "I pushed really hard at the start of my stint, but unfortunately we had a bit of a tyre issue with the front-left. I pushed hard with that but suffered understeer so I'm happy to have brought it home in second. If we were a little more dialled in we would have won here.
"Red Bull Ring was a turning point for us, and Christian and Alex today were superb again. We're going to push really hard at Spa to take the top step."
Alex Kapadia: "It was good, but we were surprised we didn't catch the leader as quickly. We struggled a little for pace, but the team did an amazing job to keep us in the race. It was an awesome performance, from Christian and Colin too. It was a good race, but we look ahead, we will get a win at Spa."
Christian Olsen: "The start was really intense, but I managed to keep it clean. There were cars flying left and right, but I avoided all of them. I have been focusing on preparing myself for endurance racing. Part of that is keeping calm, especially at the start. Here and Austria I built up my pace gradually, especially as I had to fight so many experienced guys. The most important thing is to get the car through the two hours to get it to your teammates."
Alasdair McCaig: "Today's race showed just what we can do as a team. A second podium on the trot is really encouraging and well deserved as everyone executed their jobs perfectly. We now look forward to travelling to Spa with a chance to win a race and climb the standings, even more, heading into the final round in Portugal."