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ELMS - 19/09/2016 - Press release - United Autosports
United Autosports will start the penultimate round of the European Le Mans Series aiming to keep its 100% record of podium finishes intact in the fifth race of the season on Sunday (25 Sep). Three wins (Silverstone/Imola/Red Bull Ring) plus a third place (Paul Ricard) means the #2 Ligier of Alex Brundle/Christian England/Mike Guasch could mathematically claim the LMP3 title in the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
The #2 Ligier drivers will start qualifying on Saturday (24 Sep) with a 30-point lead with a maximum of 52 points up for grabs in the final two races. The Anglo-American team’s other podium, a second place (Silverstone) courtesy of Matt Bell/Wayne Boyd/Mark Patterson, has earned United Autosports a 30 point lead in the LMP3 Teams’ standings. While the #2 Ligier has enjoyed a relatively untroubled run to the podium in the previous four races, the #3 Ligier has suffered appalling fortune. An open door (Silverstone) requiring an unscheduled pit-stop, a puncture in practice severely restricting on-track time then a drive through penalty (Imola), a puncture (Red Bull Ring) and an engine change causing a back of the grid start plus a two minute “stop-go” penalty (Paul Ricard) has blighted their season despite a class pole position at Imola.
The demanding 4.35-mile Spa-Francorchamps track, fast and sweeping with many elevation changes and invariably made even more of a challenge due to changeable weather conditions that affect the Ardennes region, is not a new venue for United Autosports. Four 24 hour race appearances (2010-13), plus British GT and SuperCar Challenge events, all in the GT3 category, have resulted in multiple top-six finishes. Practice begins on Friday afternoon, qualifying on Saturday with the four hour race scheduled to start at 2pm (local) on Sunday.
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