North East businessman and endurance racing driver, Tony Wells, is chasing a series title after strong finishes in the LMP3 class of the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the European Le Mans Series at the weekend.

Wells and co-driver Colin Noble drove to a 2nd place podium finish in the ‘Le Mans Cup’ at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, followed by a 4th place in the ‘4 Hours of Barcelona’ after a debatable drive-through penalty.

With two races left in the Le Mans Cup and three in the European Le Mans series there are still enough points available for Wells and Noble to win a series title if they can improve on placings.

“We performed strongly in both races despite the hot conditions, which caused some drop off in tyre grip.  The team did a great job and we put more points on the board, which keeps us in the running for the championship if we can win next time.”

LPM3 is one of the fastest growing classes of racing using cars specially designed for endurance racing, reaching speeds of over 180 mph and powered by a 5 litre normally aspirated Nissan V8 engine. Races are run over four hours with drivers changing places over the course of the race.

Away from the track Tony Wells is Managing Director of Cramlington based Merit Holdings, the specialist based engineering and construction company and North East Company of the Year 2018.