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ELMS - 21/10/2019 - Press release - United Autosports
The LMP2 team are hoping to continue their good form from the previous round at Spa, where the #22 crew of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque topped every practice session, qualified on pole and won the race. The duo also won the final race of the 2018 season at Filipe’s home circuit of Portimao. The #32 crew of Alex Brundle, Will Owen and Ryan Cullen are also hoping to perform well after showing promise during their first outing in the Oreca 07 at Spa.
The LMP3 team will be entering the final European races with the current generation LMP3 car – the Ligier JS P3. The team will be moving to the new generation Ligier JS P320 for all their European races from the start of next season. During the four seasons United Autosports has raced in the ELMS, the Ligier JS P3 has given them two championships, eight wins and 22 podiums to date.
The #2 crew cruelly missed out on scoring vital championship points at Spa after a final corner crash for Tommy Erdos put them out the race. Tommy, along with team mates Wayne Boyd and Garett Grist are aiming for the best finish possible to keep them in sight of third in the LMP3 championship. Meanwhile, Andrew Bentley will once again race alongside Christian England in the #3 Ligier, standing in for Mike Guasch who is recovering at home in America after his Silverstone incident.
Filipe Albuquerque (POR), driver car #22, United Autosports:
“I can’t wait to drive in Portimão with our new car, especially after our win in Spa. Last year we had a great race and a great result for the team by winning. The idea is to do exactly the same. For me there is greater pressure when racing in Portugal, with it being my home race, but the desire to win again will overcome that I’m sure.”
Will Owen (US), driver car #32, United Autosports:
“Portimao is one of my favourite tracks on the ELMS calendar. I know the Oreca better now after Spa and I am excited to drive the car again because I know what is possible if we nail the setup. The car we had in Spa was fantastic to drive thanks to a good setup from Jerome [#32 engineer]. We will aim to get to that same sweet spot and maximize our pace. This race is always a bit sad since it is the last race of the year, but I aim to continue with United past this race.”
Garett Grist (CAN), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“This season has gone by super fast. I had the privilege of having two great teammates in Wayne and Tommy and to be back at United Autosports for another season. This year has been so enjoyable with the people we have in our team. Everyone has worked hard and done a great job. I’m sad to see this season come to an end. We can’t win the championship but we can still finish in the top three. We will give it everything at the final round to ensure that happens.”
Christian England (GB), driver car #3, United Autosports:
“I’m not quite sure where this year has gone, but Portimao is a great place to finish off the season in ELMS. I have to say it is one of my favourite circuits and we have gone well here in the past with a win in the final round of the ELMS in 2017. Things just haven’t gone our way this season but we have shown some encouraging speed and I’m sure that we can get on the podium for this final race. Andrew and I will be pushing hard to get a good result for the whole team especially the #3 crew who have done a great job all year. A big thanks to United Autosports for the opportunity to race again this year on some of Europe’s best race tracks.”
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“Another season in the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup is almost over. Thank you to the team and drivers for their hard work all year. It has been tough but we are still competitive so I’m hoping for a good end to the season to set us up for 2020.”
The Portimao race weekend begins on Friday 25th October with the 4 Hours of Portimao beginning on the 27th of October at 12:30.
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