United Autosports has announced that Naj Husain and Colin Braun will join the team in its third Ligier JS P3 in the Le Mans Cup this year.
The duo will join already announced team mates Matt Bell, Jim McGuire, Richard Meins and Wayne Boyd.
This is not Husain’s first season racing in LMP3, after he gained experience last year racing a JS P3 in the USA’s IMSA Prototype Challenge series with ESM. Braun meanwhile, needs little introduction, he adds the Le MAns Cup to his busy 2018 schedule which includes the full IMSA WeatherTech season racing in Prototype with CORE autosport.
“I am super excited to be driving with United Autosports and Colin Braun in the 2018 Michelin Le Mans Cup,” Husain said. “I had a great 2017 in the IMSA prototype series driving a Ligier JS P3 and I felt it was time to experience the European circuits.
“I am happy to be with United Autosports for our first season in Europe as they have built a top notch programme. We know the competition in the Michelin Le Mans Cup will be tough. I will need to work hard to compete at this level and become a better driver. I’m really looking forward to working with Colin and the team.”
Richard Dean, United’s owner, added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Naj and Colin to United Autosports. Naj has proved in America that he is quick in a P3 car and Colin’s results speak for themselves. We raced against Colin in LMP2 at Daytona earlier in the year and he was super quick and finished on the podium ahead of us.
“So, with the Michelin Le Mans Cup proving to be an incredibly successful and popular series, and our team now complete with three really quality driver line ups, I am excited to see how we get on this year.”
The 2018 Michelin Le Mans Cup season gets underway at Paul Ricard in France for the official Prologue on 11 April, with the first round taking place that weekend on 13-14 April. Ahead of the first round, Naj and Colin will be attending the United Autosports pre-season test at Portimao, Portugal next week (5-7 March), alongside United’s two ELMS LMP3 cars.
The team’s LMP2 drivers will be taking part in the official Dunlop tyre test at Aragon next week too. DSC will be there on site for the test, covering it in full.