United Autosports has confirmed two of its three LMP2 drivers for the 2017 ELMS season and the Le Mans 24 Hours. 19-year-old Hugo de Sadeleer and 21-year-old Will Owen will share the wheel with an unconfirmed third driver in the Anglo-American outfit’s brand new Ligier JS P217.
Owen has plenty of experience racing in single-seater formulae, racing in Pro Mazda and Toyota Racing Series New Zealand in recent years but has driven a prototype recently. Owen took part in the Bahrain Rookie Test at the end of the 2016 FIA WEC season, driving with Mexican LMP2 team RGR Sport by Morand.
“I am so excited to be a part of the United Autosports LMP2 team,” commented Owen. “It is a dream come true to be able to go race at circuits like Silverstone, Monza, Spa and Le Mans. It has been a goal of mine to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours but I never thought I would make it this early in my racing career. It is an honour to be a part of an event with such deep history.”
Swiss driver de Sadeleer meanwhile has cut his teeth in Europe, racing in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, NEC and the Eurocup since 2014.
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“I am excited and hopeful about taking this huge step from single-seater racing to endurance racing,” added Sadeleer. “The ELMS will be a thrilling challenge; if I look back to a year ago, I would never have imagined myself transitioning to such an impressive machine.
“I am honoured to be joining such a distinguished team too. It was by chance that I met with United Autosports last season and they gave me the incredible opportunity to prove myself in their winning LMP3 car. I am very grateful for their belief in me and hope our partnership will lead to success.
“The Le Mans 24 Hours always felt like just a dream but the fact that it has become a reality is beyond belief. The history of Le Mans, as well as competing against drivers that I look up to, is something I am very proud to be a part of.”
The 2017 European Le Mans Series will begin with the official prologue at Monza, Italy on 28-29 March.