United Au­tosports up­grades to LMP2 en­try

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United Au­tosports will race at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery of a new Ligier LMP2 ma­chine.

The An­glo-amer­i­can squad won a slot at the 24 Hours af­ter win­ning this year’s Euro­pean Le Mans Series LMP3 ti­tle. The team, which is the UK agent for Ligier LMP3 chas­sis, has now up­graded to one of its new JS P217 cars.

The team has con­firmed it will run the car at Le Mans, and is also eval­u­at­ing a full time ELMS cam­paign with it along­side its LMP3 com­mit­ments.

Team owner Zak Brown said: “I’m thrilled United Au­tosports will be able to take up the ACO’S in­vi­ta­tion to en­ter the Le Mans 24 Hours. We have com­mit­ted to pur­chas­ing our own LMP2 car as it is the best way to pre­pare for the race and we are look­ing at en­ter­ing the 2017 ELMS too [in LMP2].

“We see it as great po­ten­tial for the team and so we are work­ing on get­ting a pro­gramme to­gether and will be test­ing driv­ers in the com­ing weeks and months.”

The team has yet to de­cide its driver line-up. It won the P3 crown with Alex Brun­dle, Chris­tian Eng­land and Mike Guasch this year, and has signed John Falb, Enzo Po­tolic­chio and Sean Ray­hall for next sea­son’s LMP3 at­tack.

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