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LM P3 - 28/09/2016 - Press release - United Autosports
United Autosports has won the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Teams’ title while Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch have secured the Driver’s LMP3 championship – with one race remaining.
The Anglo-American team, competing in the six-race ELMS for the first time, has enjoyed phenomenal success with its two-car Ligier JS P3 team that also features Matt Bell/Wayne Boyd/Mark Patterson. Eight top-10 placings, that included seven podiums and three wins, have now been achieved following the latest race in Belgium today (25 Sep) while the #2 Ligier of Brundle/England/Guasch has not finished lower than third in the five races run to date.
The #2 Ligier placed second with the #3 car of Bell/Boyd/Patterson third in the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps today – with one race remaining in Portugal next month. Brundle/England/Guasch have accumulated 108-points, 30 points ahead of its nearest rival, and with a maximum of 26 points on offer in Estoril, the trio cannot be overhauled. Bell/Boyd/Patterson now lie seventh in the championship standings, their own championship aspirations having been blighted by sheer bad luck in earlier races this season.
The #3 (Boyd) and #2 (Brundle) Ligiers lined-up in second and fifth positions respectively in the LMP3 class after the exploits of Bell and Brundle in qualifying the previous afternoon around the demanding 4.35-mile Spa-Francorchamps track – Matt denied scoring the #3 car’s second pole of the season by a mere 0.064secs. Brundle and Boyd, Wayne doing the opening stint for the first time this season, ran close together in second and third respectively until Alex, with father Martin an interested spectator, pitted with almost an hour on the clock.
Guasch in the #2 lay 11th while Boyd, who led LMP3 for a lap before pitting to Patterson, placed the #3 ninth after all of the scheduled opening pit-stops – the race at Spa being run in uncharacteristic warm sunshine until light rain briefly fell during the final 30 minutes. England took over the #2 Ligier from Guasch during a safety car period shortly after the halfway mark placed ninth, Patterson taking on fuel and a new set of tyres in the #3 and resuming 13th. England was up to second during the final pit-stop phase before making his stop, while Bell took over the #3 with 52 minutes remaining. With 40 minutes to run, the #2 and #3 Ligiers were placed fifth and sixth respectively but England took the chequered flag second – to secure the title – with Bell, one of the fastest cars on the track during the final hour, a creditable third.
Leeds-based United Autosports, formed in the winter of 2009 by Zak Brown and Richard Dean, began racing in 2010. United Autosports, the sole UK-based Onroak Automotive agents that manufacture the Ligier, have previously enjoyed title success in the 2013 Supercar Challenge (Jim Geddie), 2014 GT Cup (Jim Geddie) and 2014 Ginetta GT4 Supercup Team Championship.
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