United Autosports marked the next stage in its development as the team announced key details of its plans for a fresh assault on the 2012 season.
The Anglo-American race team, established 18 months ago, will enjoy a new manufacturer relationship and switch to longer distance events as its core activities. The team will be equipped with a pair of new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars for a full season entry in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Blancpain Series next year with McLaren. I have done a lot of business with them over the years in Formula One and admire their success, so consider them great partners,” said United Autosports Chairman and co-owner Zak Brown. “The new car looks awesome and is very quick. I can’t wait to see two McLarens in United colors next year.”
The 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series will see United Autosports contest the headlining GT3 class with its new McLarens contending for both class and overall wins in a season due to feature five races, four over three hours in duration, and the fifth the world famous and increasingly important 24 Hours of Spa.
A typically entertaining and thoroughbred driver line-up is in place and will feature an entry in both the Professional driver and Pro/Am classes of the Blancpain series. In typical United Autosports style, the squad is sure to attract the attention of the world’s motorsport media. Full details of the driver line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the 2012 calendar still to be confirmed the series is expected once again to feature world class circuits and packed grids, while the United Autosports McLarens look set to be matched against a number of high profile entries including teams fielding Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW and AMG Mercedes GT3 cars.
“The combination of a new racing challenge in the Blancpain series and a pair of very exciting new cars is a mouth-watering prospect,” said Brown’s co-owner and team managing director Richard Dean. “Combined with our driver line-up, it should give us everything we need to make the next big step forward, to compete for regular major results.”