Garforth-based United Autosports has announced that Portuguese driver Filipe Albuquerque has joined the team to pilot its 2017 European Le Mans Series LMP2 entry. Sharing the driving duties will be American Will Owen and Swiss-born Hugo de Sadeleer.
Albuquerque has an impressive sports car and prototype CV, having first raced in GTs in the 2009 Italian GT Championship. He became an Audi factory driver in 2011 and has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series, the Spa 24 Hours, the Blancpain Endurance Series and, most recently, the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona where, along with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, he finished second in the Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi.
As 2016 European Le Mans LMP3 champions, United Autosports has received an invitation to the 2017 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer have already been announced as part of the Le Mans driver line-up with the third driver yet to be announced.
Continue reading United Autosports Announces Filipe Albuquerque For LMP2 Seat in 2017 European Le Mans Series (09.02.17)
Didcot, Oxfordshire-based RJN Motorsport has announced that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with a pair of Nissan 370Z GT4s racing under the UltraTek Racing banner.
For the past two seasons UltraTek Racing has campaigned Lotus Evora GT4s, finishing in 10th place in the 2015 GT4 Teams Standings.
Long-standing UltraTek drivers Richard Taffinder and Martin Plowman will share driving duties while Tim Eakin will be joined by British GT newcomer Kelvin Fletcher in the sister car.
UltraTek Racing’s entries will see the Nissan brand appearing on the British GT Championship grid for the first time since 2014.
Continue reading RJN Motorsport Announces 2017 British GT Campaign With UltraTek Racing And Nissan 370Z GT4s (09.02.17)
Academy Motorsport has confirmed that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with its Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore. The team has also entered the GT4 European Series Northern Cup.
Will Moore first raced with Academy Motorsport in 2014 when he competed in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup and the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge. He contested the 2015 British GT Championship with Academy Motorsport in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Last season, partnered with Ryan Ratcliffe, he drove the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the premier national GT championship.
Continue reading Academy Motorsport Confirms 2017 British GT Championship GT4 Entry With Nicoll-Jones And Moore (07.02.17)
Garforth, Leeds-based United Autosports has confirmed its entry into the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup. Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins will be driving the team’s Ligier JS P3 as the Michelin Le Mans Cup expands to include the LMP3 class.
United Autosports won both the LMP3 Teams Championship and Drivers Championship in the 2016 European Le Mans Series. Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch drove the #2 United Autosports entry to first place in both championships while the sister #3 entry, with the driver line-up of Matt Bell, Wayne Boyd and Mark Patterson finished fifth in the Drivers Championship and fourth in the Teams Championship.
Continue reading United Autosports Announces Shaun Lynn And Richard Meins for 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup Entry. (07.02.17)
Jackie Chan DC Racing and Kent-based Jota Sport have announced that they are to join forces to enter a pair of ORECA 07 LMP2s in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Jota Sport, 2016 European Le Mans Series champions, ran the G-Drive Racing entry in last season’s FIA World Endurance Championship, finishing third in the standings for the FIA Endurance Trophy For LMP2 Teams. G-Drive Racing had a strong finish to the season with consecutive victories at the last three rounds.
Jackie Chan DC Racing finished second in the LMP2 class in the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series and 2017 will be the second year of FIA World Endurance Championship competition for the DC Racing team.
The combined team will run under the Chinese flag with an entrant name of Jackie Chan DC Racing.
“I am very excited that our team Jackie Chan DC Racing has joined forces with Jota Sport to create what I believe will be a very strong squad for 2017 in the FIA World Endurance Championship,” said team owner and driver, David Cheng. “I have already got a very good feeling that I and our partners will enjoy racing alongside Sam Hignett, David Clark and all the team at Jota Sport.”
Team Director for Jota Sport Sam Hignett is also excited at the opportunities that the 2017 season offers.
“This is a significant day for both Jota Sport and Jackie Chan DC Racing,” said Hignett. “This new alliance will ensure we can carry the momentum that both squads had from 2016 in to the current campaign and continue the winning ways which saw such a successful end to last season.”
The first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at Silverstone on April 16.
Kent-based Team HARD has announced that Michael Caine and Mike Newbould will drive its second Ginetta G55 GT4 entry in the 2017 British GT Championship.
Michael Caine has extensive GT experience stretching back to 2001 and, along with team mate Daniele Perfetti, was British GT Champion in 2012, driving the Motorbase Porsche 997 GT3 R. Caine last drove in the British GT championship in 2014 when he drove the Oman Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to second place in the GT3 Drivers Championship with fellow driver Ahmad Al Harthy. Last season Caine competed in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Continue reading Team HARD-Run Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Announces Caine And Newbould For Second GT4 Entry In 2017 British GT Championship (01.02.17)