Wells bounces back with Donington pole

Wells bounces back with Donington pole

Tony Wells grabbed pole position for championship leaders Nielsen Racing / Ecurie Ecosse on Sunday morning at Donington Park ahead of Round 10 of the LMP3 Cup Championship.

He lay down an early marker before improving further to finish an eventual 1.4s ahead of Duncan Williams in the closing stages of a frantic ten-minute qualifying session and will be hoping to go one better after finishing second in yesterday’s race.

“I failed [to grab pole] yesterday, so that was much better wasn’t it?” said Wells. “The car was very nice today and is going in the right direction. We made some small adjustments that gave it some more grip at the front end and I found an extra four tenths which is good. It would be nice to translate that into a win, but you can’t guess what’s going to happen. We just need to not make any mistakes.”

Second place went to the Norma M30 of Williams and Bradley Smith, who won Saturday's race one from pole position. Williams qualified the car and came close the securing another front row start, but a small spin and a time deletion for track limits dented his charge.

“The tyres cooled down when I had my spin which made a difference on the final lap, but it is what it is,” said Williams. “I was inconsistent, but I hope Dominic Paul is alright after his off. It’s dry, so we’ll see what happens. It was a handful yesterday but hopefully me and Bradley can have some fun with the other guys today!”

Rounding out the top three finishers was Dominc Paul in the car he shares with Jack Butel, although he suffered a premature end to the session when he went off at the Melbourne Hairpin. The 2017 GT Cup Group GTA champion made a quick trip to the medical centre but was able to walk back to his garage after being checked over.


Neil Primrose grabbed a podium finish in the rain-affected opening race of the weekend and followed up with another good performance, leading the Invitational and PT4 category cars.

Qualifying results:

1) Tony Wells – #1 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)

2) Duncan Williams – #21 Mectech Motorsport (Norma M30)

3) Dominic Paul – #96 Speedworks Motorsport (Ligier JS P3)