United Autosports will contest their second Le Mans 24 Hours next week, as they prepare for the largest endurance race in the world with their pair of Ligier JS P217s.
The team’s European Le Mans Series regulars, Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque will be joined in the #22 Ligier by Phil’s IMSA team mate, Paul Di Resta as the trio team up for the first time. This will be the first time Paul has raced at Le Mans. The #32 Ligier will be piloted once again by Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer. They will be joined by former F1 star, Juan Pablo Montoya as he makes his Le Mans debut with the team. Both cars successfully completed the official test last weekend – Paul Di Resta the only driver not in attendance due to DTM racing commitments. The cars completed a total of 145 laps, almost 1,230 miles over the eight-hour test day, with #22 finishing sixth and #32 14th. Wayne Boyd was also present at the test as reserve driver, completing his mandatory laps to be eligible to race in the 24 Hours. In 2017, the team finished fifth overall and fourth in the LMP2 class. They were also the first to finish of the ELMS field, they finished as top Ligier and they were the LMP2 team that spent the least amount of time in the pits. The 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will begin on Saturday 16th June at 15:00, as the 60-car field takes to the Circuit de la Sarthe.
United Autosports will also be entering four Ligier JS P3 cars into the Road to Le Mans support race.
Original Press release from United Autosports
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