United Autosports have confirmed that their return to GT racing in 2021 will come with a two-car McLaren 570S GT4 effort in the SRO-promoted GT4 European Series.
After the team confirmed two weeks ago their acquisition of the assets from the Strakka Racing team, which included their premises at Silverstone, they re-confirmed a long-stated intention to return to GT racing, six years since they last raced in a GT series.
United Autosports began their racing programmes in GT racing, entering the FIA GT3 Championship and the British GT Championship. In 2013, the team finished second in the British GT Championship, by only 1.5 points. At the end of the same year, United Autosports won the Supercar Challenge, racing a McLaren MP4-12C GT3. At the end of 2014, the team won the GT Cup Championship with the same McLaren GT3 car.
Since 2016 the team have been racing in LMP2 and LMP3 in Europe and worldwide. Their GT4 European Series campaign will run alongside their continuing European and Worldwide racing commitments.
Whilst there is currently no confirmation, there is a clear intention for United to step up from GT4 in future seasons with GT3 understood to be the target, subject to the economic situation.
Further information on the team’s driver line-ups for their McLaren 570S GT4 cars will be announced in due course.
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I’m delighted we have agreed on a deal to race in the GT4 European Series in 2021. The series is going from strength to strength and it visits some great circuits so I’m looking forward to United Autosports taking part.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“Returning to GT racing is something Zak and I have wanted to do for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect time to do it. We have secured two McLaren 570S GT4 cars and we now have all the equipment from acquiring Strakka’s assets so we are set up ready to go racing in the GT4 European Series.”
Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO:
“We have known United Autosports for many years and I am delighted that they have committed to the GT4 European Series for 2021. It speaks to the enduring strength of the GT4 platform that this ambitious team will join the grid with two cars. Zak Brown and Richard Dean have always been enthusiastic supporters of GT racing and I look forward to seeing them in the paddock once again next season.”