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.
Shaun Lynn has extensive experience in historic racing and drove the Ligier JS P3 at the inaugural round of the British LMP3 Cup Championship in 2016. His driving partner for the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup season, Richard Meins, also has experience of both historic and prototype machinery, having driven to second place in the 2016 Gulf 12 Hours in the Ligier JS P3 alongside Lynn.
“I’m looking forward to the start of the Michelin Le Mans Cup season,” said Shaun Lynn. “It sounds like a great championship for drivers like Richard and myself and I’m looking forward to getting back in the Ligier JS P3.”
Richard Meins is also looking forward to the challenge of the new season.
“I’m really pleased to be back with United Autosports after a premature end to my British GT season in 2013,” said Meins. “I really enjoyed the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in December and I’m looking forward to what looks to be a terrific calendar in Europe in a fantastic car.”
Team Owner and Managing Director Richard Dean is confident that contesting the Michelin Le Mans Cup is right for United Autosports.
“Entering the Michelin Le Mans Cup made total sense for us as a team,” said Dean. “Richard and Shaun had expressed an interest in European racing and this is the perfect series for them. They have both had time in the Ligier JS P3 now after their race in Abu Dhabi and we plan to go testing with them before the start of the season to make sure they are prepared for the year.”
After a successful inaugural season in 2016, the Michelin Le Mans Cup field has the addition of the LMP3 class in 2017, racing alongside GT3 machinery. The two-hour races are held on the Saturday afternoon of a European Le Mans Series weekend.
The first race of the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup season takes place at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy on May 12-13.