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ELMS - 15/07/2019 - Press release - United Autosports
The 4 Hours of Barcelona marks the first time United Autosports will race modern day sports cars at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the only previous time the team have raced there was earlier this year with the historics team.
Last time out at Monza, the LMP2 team finished on the podium, with the #32 crew of Ryan Cullen, Alex Brundle and Will Owen finishing third and the #22 team of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque finishing fourth. The LMP3 team also finished on the podium, with a third place for Garett Grist, Tommy Erdos and Wayne Boyd in the #2 Ligier JS P3. The #3 Ligier of Mike Guasch and Christian England fared less well as they lost time in the pits after starter motor failure. They recovered to finish 10th.
The Anglo American team will celebrate their 300th race start on Saturday evening as the flag drops for the ELMS night race at 18:30. Over 300 races, the team have scored 152 podiums, with 51 wins, 49 pole positions and six championship wins. In ELMS alone, the team have scored 12 wins, three pole positions, 28 podiums and two championship since they first entered the series in 2016.
Filipe Albuquerque (POR), driver #22, United Autosports:
“I am looking forward to racing again in Barcelona. I have great memories from racing there in the past, winning in Formula 3 and Formula Renault 2.0. It will be my first time driving in the night at Barcelona but I think it will be the best for everyone because earlier in the day, it will be very hot. Regarding our performance, I can’t wait to drive there because we will go back to a high downforce configuration which makes us very competitive. The goal is to fight for the win.”
Ryan Cullen (GB), driver car #32, United Autosports:
Born: Weston-Super-Mare, UK. Lives: Bristol, UK. Age: 28
“Barcelona is a track I know well and racing into the dark makes this race something I am really looking forward too. I'm excited to see how the track is without much sunlight.”
Wayne Boyd (GB), driver car #2, United Autosports:
“I’m really excited to race at Barcelona. I’ve never raced there before but I did do a test in F3 a few years ago, so at least I’m not going in blind. As for it being a night race, I’ve never raced at night before so it’s something I’m definitely looking forward to. Monza was a more promising round for us, getting a podium but we want more than that, we are aiming for the championship this year so hopefully Barcelona and the rest of the circuits that are still to come are going to suit us a bit better.”
Mike Guasch (US), driver car #3, United Autosports:
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car with Christian. It seems ages since the Monza race and we are looking to improve on our performance there. We had an issue with the car which left us in the pits for a long time, but I’m confident we can have a good race at Barcelona. Racing into the night will be a fun element to add in too.”
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I’m looking forward to heading to Barcelona and seeing how the team get on. We had a good weekend at Monza last time out, so now we need to continue that good form and aim for more podiums throughout the weekend.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“I’m interested to see how the night race goes for the ELMS guys. Obviously our LMP2 team are used to racing at night, but it will be a first for most of the drivers in our LMP3 team. The Le Mans Cup guys performed really well in the second race at Le Mans so hopefully they can cope with the mid afternoon heat at Barcelona and aim for top-five finishes.”
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