United Autosports is laying the foundations for a two-car entry in next year's European Le Mans Series, with ambitions to ultimately contest the Le Mans 24 Hours, after announcing that it will contest the new LMP3 category with a brace of Ginetta-Nissans.

The Leeds-based team already has two Ginetta chassis on order and expects to take delivery of one car from its near neighbour next month before embarking on a concerted test programme this summer, ahead of a possible entry in the final round of this year's ELMS at Estoril on 18 October.

"The timing is right for us to make the move to sports-prototypes and the hugely popular and ultra-competitive European Le Mans Series," co-owner Richard Dean explained, "The Ginetta LM P3 car provides the perfect opportunity for teams and drivers and is a fantastically affordable racing car. This, along with our relationship with Ginetta and the fact that they are based next door to us in Garforth near Leeds, makes it an easy choice. We believe ELMS will continue to flourish and so are delighted to be in there early and be in a position to talk with interested drivers and plan for next year."

This will be the ambitious team's first step towards racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours, with co-owners Dean and Zak Brown setting their sights high after leading United into a variety of championships during the past six years. Racing a diverse mix of machinery, including Audis, McLarens and Toyotas, the team has made its mark on various GT series, as well as the US-based Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series. This year, United is mixing the defence of its GT Cup title with a number of historic racing events around the globe.

"The new LMP3 category is a great concept and the ideal starting point for United Autosports to begin our dream journey to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours," Brown noted, "The European Le Mans Series is going from strength to strength while the collaboration between the Automobile Club de l'Ouest [ACO], the Le Mans organising club, and the IMSA-sanctioned Tudor United Sportscar Championships, means there could also be opportunities to race in North America. Ginetta has done a brilliant job in being a driving force in the development of the LMP3 category and I am very excited with our latest programme."

Related Articles