United Autosports has announced that Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley will join its LMP3 team for the 2020 European Le Mans Series season, to race a brand new Ligier JS P320.
McGuire and Bell are one of United’s regular driver pairings, having raced together in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for the last three years. They will be joined in 2020 by Andrew Bentley who will be entering his first full season in the European series.
“2020 marks my fourth year with United Autosports and also a move up to the ELMS,” said McGuire. “It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’ve enjoyed being paired with Matt Bell in such an exceptional team. United Autosports’ management, crew and team owners provide solid race weekend strategies and on-track tactics to really optimise our performance.
“In 2020, the Ligier appears to be competitive against the Norma, so Matt and I are really looking to bring our A-game to the track. Furthermore, I’m looking forward to welcoming our third driver, Andrew Bentley to our driver line up to bring some additional on-track grit and experience to our mix. Should be an exciting season.”
All three drivers will take part in pre-season testing before heading to the first round in Barcelona, Spain for the official two-day prologue on 30-31 March, ahead of the first race the following weekend on 4-5 April.
“I’m really pleased to see Jim make the step up to ELMS for next year,” team owner Richard Dean added.
“He and Matt work very well together and have forged a strong relationship over the last three years in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Adding Andrew into that mix will make for a good line up.
“Although Andrew has only contested a few races with United, brilliantly standing in at the end of the 2019 season, he has been a friend of the team for many years so to see him in a full-time drive is fantastic. I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on this year.”
United Autosports second ELMS LMP3 driver line up will be announced in the coming weeks.