After a successful year racing in the LMP3 class, British squad United Autosport will now prepare themselves for a bigger challenge in 2017, which is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as they confirmed the leap up to the LMP2 and the extended commitment with Onroak Automotive.
The trip to France was achieved thanks to the title in the LMP3 class in the European Le mans Series, with some dominant performances being displayed, and while that a possible LMP2 effort in the European competition with the new Ligier JS P217 is in the cards but still under evaluation, along with their current multi-car program in LMP3. In fact, this is a return to the second prototype tier for United Autosports, as they participated in the 2011 Petit Le Mans with an OAK-Pescarolo 01-Judd model, finishing 13th overall and second in the LMP2 class.
Although a decision in the driver lineup for the LMP2 effort is still a matter for the future, the champion and runner-up LMP3 trios are worth a look to help in the selection, with Alex Brundle having the Onroak link and lots of LMP2 experience, Matt Bell having his long relationship with United Autosports and Mark Patterson also for being part in the last LMP2 effort for the team and also for his other opportunities to race in LMP2 machinery that he had until this time.
United Autosports at least already confirmed the drivers for a single LMP3 racer next year, being them Sean Rayhall, John Falb and Enzo Potolicchio, all of them having some good prototype experience to defend the class title for United Autosports.
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