United Autosports is set to stamp its intent on the 2013 British GT Championship with the announcement it will run a third race car, the highly competitive Audi R8 Ultra LMS GT3 alongside a pair of McLaren MP4 12C GT3s.
Matt Bell and Mark Patterson, regulars with the team and no stranger inside the Audi cockpit, will join forces next year with the sole intent: to mount a challenge for the overall title.
Earlier this year United Autosports invested in a new Audi R8 Ultra LMS GT3 which along with its aerodynamic enhancements, gives the car greater speed and stability.
The move is a natural progression for United Autosports which has amassed a wealth of experience in GT and sports car racing having competed in the last two years in the Dunlop 24 hours of Dubai, the Abu Dhabi 12 Hour race, the Bathurst 12 Hour race, Daytona 24 hours, Petit Le Mans, FIA GT3 Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship.
“I’m very excited about the announcement,” said Bell. “I’ve been with United Autosports for three years now, and I’m very pleased to be making it a fourth. I’ve driven with Mark several times, in the 24 Hours of Spa and Dubai. We get on really well. He is an extremely quick driver, and I am happy to be alongside him and I’m looking forward to the year.
“We will be back in the Audi, and it will be a bit like being “back home” for us. It’s where I’ve spent most of my career so far. The Audi has huge potential so we are in a good position. The competition is very strong, and I expect next year to be even more so. I’m over the moon to have the deal secured and can now focus on the challenges that 2,013 will bring.”
“Matt and I will be teamed up for an entire season for the first time, which is exciting. We raced at the Spa 24 Hours earlier this year in the Audi Ultra and were both very impressed with the upgraded package,” Patterson said. “I know we share the same level of focus and commitment to performing at the limit. With Audi’s factory support we are comfortable that we can challenge for podiums and be in a position to fight for the title. Despite travelling from the United States of America to compete I’m very comfortable with Silverstone, Snetterton and Oulton Park. Most importantly, we believe the balance of driver competition is right in our sweet spot, so we’re looking forward to some tough and competitive racing with reliable results on a repetitive basis.
“United Autosports will feature both Audis and McLarens in the British GT championship, so we’ll be having our own little duels in-house and out on the track. I can’t wait.”