United Autosports has confirmed the team’s intention to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class and is also evaluating the possibility of running the full European Le Mans Series schedule with a newly acquired Ligier JS P217.
The UK-based team were invited by the ACO to enter the LMP2 class of the world famous endurance race after winning the 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 championship.
The team has taken up that invitation by purchasing a Ligier JS P217 from French manufacturer, Onroak Automotive and intends to use the car in the 2017 ELMS, building on their success in the LMP3 class. They will however, continue with their LMP3 programme in 2017 and have announced their first driver line up of John Falb, Enzo Potolicchio and Sean Rayhall.
The team, who are also UK agents for Onroak Automotive LMP3 and CN cars, have decided to commit to buying an LMP2 car in order to fully prepare for the 24-hour race.
“I’m thrilled United Autosports will be able to take up the ACO’s invitation to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said team owner Zak Brown. “We have committed to purchasing our own LMP2 car as it is the best way to prepare for such an important race. We are also looking at entering the 2017 ELMS too. We see it as great potential for the team and so we are working on getting a program together and will be testing drivers in the coming weeks and months.”