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ELMS - 27/08/2019 - Press release - United Autosports
The team head to Silverstone for round four of the European Le Mans Series aiming to continue their good form at their home race. The LMP3 team won on their ELMS debut back in 2016, followed by two further Silverstone wins in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, the team also won on their LMP2 debut, marking their first multi-class double podium.
Last time out at Barcelona the #2 Ligier JS P3 of Garett Grist, Wayne Boyd and Tommy Erdos finished third, scoring their second consecutive podium of 2019. Mike Guasch and Christian England had a tricky start to the Spanish night race, but pulled it back to lead the majority of the race, only to finish fifth at the end of the four hours.
The LMP2 team had a difficult race in Barcelona, with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque finishing seventh in the #22 Ligier JS P217, while Alex Brundle, Ryan Cullen and Will Owen finished eighth in the #32. Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque will now be running an Oreca 07 for the remainder of the ELMS season.
Phil Hanson (GB), driver car #22, United Autosports:
“I’m really looking forward to the fourth round of ELMS. I think there’s a strong possibility we iron out our weaknesses thanks to some of the changes United has made to help our qualifying performance, which will allow us to be nearer the front in the early stages of the race where we have been losing out the most to the other competitors. After a very promising WEC prologue, I’ve been itching to get back out on track after over a month’s break. It’s always important to get the championship off to a strong start so I will be giving it everything to try and maximise the points to start off our WEC campaign.”
Filipe Albuquerque (POR), driver #22, United Autosports:
“I am very excited for this busy weekend at Silverstone. There is a lot happening with ELMS and WEC which makes it a great event, with Phil and I doing both championships and with a new car. I aim for the podium in both races and I really think we have all it takes to be successful. United is well prepared and the test at the Prologue with Paul and Phil was very promising.”
Garett Grist (CAN), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“I’m excited for Silverstone. We ran well here last year, winning the race so I’m hopeful we can continue our success at Silverstone. We have great momentum after two straight podiums at Barcelona and Monza so I’m looking forward to carrying that on.”
Tommy Erdos (BRA), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“I’m very excited for Silverstone. It’s the home race for the team and although I’m Brazilian, I live in the UK so it’s my second home. We’ve had some good results in the last few races so I’m really looking forward to at least doing the same again, but we are getting a bit fed up of third place so we are hoping for more. There’s a good buzz around the team and we are quietly confident that we can put on a good performance.”
Wayne Boyd(GB), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“I always look forward to racing at Silverstone. It’s my home race but it’s also one of my favourite circuits. We had a fantastic race in Barcelona with strong pace for us all so hopefully we can carry that on for Silverstone. We will be pushing for a home win once again for United.”
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I’m looking forward to our double-header Silverstone weekend. The team has worked hard on preparing for our FIA WEC debut. The ELMS team have had some good results in LMP3 in the last few races so fingers crossed that continues.”
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