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ELMS - 16/09/2019 - Press release - United Autosports

United Autosports head to the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend for the penultimate rounds of the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup (20-22 September).

This year at Spa, the LMP3 team will be hoping to replicate their win from 2018. The #2 Ligier JS P3 of Garett Grist, Wayne Boyd and Tommy Erdos lies third in the LMP3 standings after scoring a third consecutive podium at Silverstone last time out. The trio are aiming for another good result to build on their championship challenge at Spa. The #3 Ligier JS P3 will be piloted by Christian England and Andrew Bentley, as Andrew stands in for an injured Mike Guasch following his accident at Silverstone. The whole team would like to wish Mike all the very best with his recovery back at home in the USA.
The LMP2 team will also be aiming for a repeat of the 2018 race result at Spa, after Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque won the rain soaked race in the #22. This year they will be racing an Oreca 07, coming back from a disappointing early end to the Silverstone race. The #32 crew of Alex Brundle, Ryan Cullen and Will Owen will also be racing an Oreca 07 for the first time at Spa. The crew will have to get up to speed quickly with the new car, but will be aiming to fight at the front in Belgium.

Filipe Albuquerque (POR), driver #22, United Autosports:
“After incredible pace at Silverstone with the new car I am excited to race again. We will not be put off by the problems we had in the last race. It does not affect me or the team because in the last three years it was rare the problem we had. I am sure the team as well Phil are very motivated like I am. Last year we had a great win at Spa and we are aiming to do exactly that this year again. The hard part is the waiting.”

Alex Brundle (GB), driver car #32, United Autosports:
“Spa is an incredible venue that many drivers will cite as their favourite so it’s an exciting place to debut our new chassis. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for us to take the new car to such a venue for the first race but we are up for the challenge. We will be pushing from the first test session to ensure we are out front come Sunday afternoon.” 

Garett Grist (CAN), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“We have great momentum going to Spa after three podiums in a row. We have shown great fight after being taken out on the first lap in the last two races and having to fight back from nearly a lap down both times. Hopefully in Spa we can have a clean race and I think we’ll be able to really show what we’re capable of as a team and driver line up.”

Andrew Bentley (GB), driver car #3, United Autosports:
“I’m really looking forward to racing with United Autosports again. I’m standing in for Mike Guasch who was injured at Silverstone in the last round which is a big blow as he was on great form. Although the circumstances are unfortunate, I’m going to try hard to make the most of the opportunity and carry on the strong pace the No. 3 car has had all year. Christian has been fast all year so I hope to compliment his pace and I’m sure we can work together to try and get a good result.”

Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“We have great memories at Spa – we won our first LMP3 championship there in 2016 and we had a double win last year in both LMP2 and LMP3. I’m hopeful that we can continue that good form at such a fantastic circuit.”

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