North East company director and endurance racing driver, Tony Wells, plans get his hands on silverware in this year’s European Le Mans after finishing fourth in the final race of the Le Mans series and third overall in the championship.

Driving for the historic Ecurie Ecosse racing team, Tony and his co-driver, Colin Noble, achieved two podium finishes in the four race LMP3 Asian series, enduring extreme heat and humidity throughout all of the four hour races.

They will now head to Le Castellet in France in April to race in the first leg of the European Le Mans Cup and then in subsequent races at Monza, Silverstone, Barcelona, Spa and Portimao. Races are run over 4 hours with drivers changing places over the course of the event driving at speeds of up to 180 mph in specially designed cars.

Outside of the race track, Tony is the  managing director of Cramlington based Merit Holdings, the specialist engineering and construction company which last year increased turnover by 49% and profit by 163%, to £47.3 million and £2.9 million respectively.

Tony said: “Our first Asian Le Mans was an incredible learning experience and we were delighted to podium twice in the series. It gives us an excellent platform to build on for this year’s European race season.

Colin and I have developed a strong racing partnership and with the support from all of the team at Ecurie Ecosse we are definitely aiming for silverware in Europe.”

Last year Tony and Colin were crowned LMP3 Cup Champions at Silverstone.