The United Autosports LMP2 team are returning to the European Le Mans Series grid after a successful showing at the Le Mans 24 Hours last month. Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque finished fifth overall and fourth in the LMP2 class – the highest placed ELMS entrant in the race. The #32 Ligier JS P217 is currently second in the LMP2 and overall championships.
The team’s American LMP3 duo of John Falb and Sean Rayhall also had a stunning performance at Le Mans in the Road to Le Mans support race. They won the first race of the weekend – after the team had changed the engine in car #2 overnight – and then came second in the Saturday morning race.
Mark Patterson, Christian England and Wayne Boyd currently lie joint second in the LMP3 Championship standings and will be hoping to add to that this weekend in Austria.
The team will also be entering round three of the Michelin Le Mans Cup this weekend as Richard Meins and Shaun Lynn, along with Jim McGuire and Matt Bell prepare for their two-hour race. Last time out at the Road to Le Mans event, which acts as round two of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, Jim and Matt scored their season best result of sixth place in the AERO Ligier JS P3. Richard and Shaun also had a good showing, improving their pace every time they went out in their Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3.
Last week, United Autosports tested three Ligier JS P3s and their Ligier JS P217 at Spa Francorchamps in an exclusive two-day test ahead of the third ELMS race weekend in Austria. They also took the opportuinity to test two of Zak Brown’s historic race cars – the 1974 Ford Capri and 1980 Williams FW07 – ahead of the Silverstone Classic event at the end of July.
The 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring starts on Sunday 23rd July at 13:00. The two-hour Michelin Le Mans Cup race begins on Saturday 22nd July at 16:00.
Source. United Autosports