Anglo-American outfit United Autosports has revealed that it will enter four prototypes in the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series season, two Ligier JS P2s in LMP2, and two Ligier JS P3s in LMP3.
This entry further expands the team’s prototype commitments, which includes entries in the ELMS, Le Mas Cup, as well as select IMSA rounds. For its Asian Le Mans campaign, the team is renting two Ligier JS P2s from Onroak Automotive as the Ligier JS P217 is currently not eligible for the 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series.
United Autosports last raced in Asia in 2014, entering the Macau GT Cup with a pair of McLaren GT3 cars. In 2010, the team also raced at Zhuhai, in China for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
“I’m really excited to be racing in Asia and it made sense to add another ACO programme to our calendar,” said team owner Richard Dean. “There is a lot of interest in the series and it gives United Autosports a new challenge to take on. From a personal point of view, I’m looking forward to going back to Asia. I raced a lot in Japan when I was younger and it was a place I loved so I’m looking forward to heading back there to see how much it has changed.”
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, the Asian LMS’ managing director, is also excited by United’s commitment to the series.
“We are very happy to welcome United Autosports as a new team to the Asian Le Mans Series,” he said. “It demonstrates that the Asian Le Mans Series is definitely on the global motorsport map, and proves it is becoming the reference endurance racing series in Asia.”
As it stands, there’s no drivers confirmed for the team’s four cars, the team stating that it will commence negotiations after this weekend’s IMSA NAEC round at Watkins Glen.