United Autosports is one of the largest motorsport companies in the UK and competes globally in different categories across the world. Based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the company is co-owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown and former racing driver Richard Dean.
The team has raced in a number of different championships, with a huge range of cars and talented drivers, including Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, Paul Di Resta and Juan Pablo Montoya.
United Autosports started out as a GT team, when Zak and Richard decided to form a team and go racing back in 2010. Since then, they have branched out into racing in multiple categories around the world.
The team are multiple championship and race winners having won the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2020, along with clinching the European Le Mans Series LMP2 title the same year, making them the first team to have ever won all three in the same year.
The team have also won the European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship three times as well as both the LMP2 and LMP3 Asian Le Mans Series Championships.
Aside from their modern racing activities, they also have a growing historic motorsport sector, restoring and maintaining a huge range of historic Formula One cars, IndyCars and sports cars, all from the same workshop in Wakefield.
United Autosports have come to know many of the world’s leading motorsport manufacturers through their various global racing programmes. They are now proud suppliers of some of these companies, including HRX race wear, Stilo helmets and AERO Sustainable Paint Technology, all being catered for under the United Autosports name.
As Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown has overall responsibility for the business, including strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development. In his role Zak leads McLaren’s direction and involvement in professional motorsport, spearheaded by the McLaren Formula 1 team. Operating at the pinnacle of global motorsport, McLaren uses the white heat of competition to drive innovation and develop synergies across the group.
Richard Dean is a former British racing driver and co-owner of United Autosports. Richard is a previous Le Mans 24 Hours race winner, winning the GT2 class in 2006. He is also a multiple race and championship winner in many different formulas, including British GT, and the Oulton Park Gold Cup.
Three wins, three pole positions and seven podiums, including a podium lock out in Abu Dhabi.
Three wins, three pole positions and a championship win.
United Autosports won the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours in fantastic style after starting the race from pole position. Their race win clinched them the FIA World Endurance Championship title a round early.
Four wins, five pole positions, seven podiums.
Three wins, four pole positions, five podiums.
We finished 2019 in the best way possible, by winning our first World Championship race. Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta had put our Oreca 07 on pole position and we ran a relatively trouble free race leading 242 laps - the most ever in WEC by an LMP2 winner outside the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the second highest in overall class history. That result sent us soaring up the championship standings to second. Only three points behind the leader.
Not only did we finish second at Portimao with our LMP2 team, but our LMP3 team also finished the year on the podium with a second place finish for the #2 crew. They finished third on the road, but were promoted to second after post-race checks.
We continued our run of LMP2 pole positions at Portimao as Filipe Albuquerque clinched pole at his home race. We ultimately finished second in the race.
After a disappointing debut race for our Oreca at Silverstone, we made up for it at Spa as the #22 crew of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque dominated the weekend finishing fastest in both practice sessions as well as scoring our first pole position of the year and winning the race. Phil also scored the fastest lap of the race too.
Our third consecutive LMP3 podium came at Silverstone for the #2 crew.
Our second LMP3 podium of 2019 came at Barcelona as the #2 crew of Tommy, Wayne and Garett crossed the line third once again.
We finished third in the Michelin Le Mans Cup race at Barcelona with Mike Guasch and Wayne Boyd. The pair drove a fantastic race over the two hours to get our first MLMC podium of 2019.
Not only did our LMP2 team finish on the podium at Monza, but our LMP3 team also finished third in Italy. This started a run of three consecutive podiums for the #2 crew of Wayne Boyd, Tommy Erdos and Garett Grist.
Our LMP2 team scored their first ELMS podium of 2019 at Monza as the #32 crew of Alex Brundle, Will Owen and Ryan Cullen finished third in Italy.
After finishing on the podium in all four races, including a win at Buriram in Thailand, Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta clinched the Asian Le Mans Series title in Sepang, Malaysia. This win not only makes Phil Hanson both LMP3 and LMP2 champion in Asia, but also makes him the youngest ever overall Asian Le Mans Series champion.
We continued our run of top-five finishes at Le Mans in 2019 as the #22 crew finished fourth in the 24-hour race. Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta battled hard to bring the Ligier JS P217 home in fourth place.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen brought home the #32 Ligier JS P217 third in the 2018 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours in only the team’s second attempt at the French endurance classic.
Juan Pablo Montoya raced for the team in the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer. The former F1 driver finished third in the #32 Ligier JS P217.
Following on from their win at Spa, the team also won at Portimao. As well as scoring a win with car #22, car #32 also joined them on the podium, finishing third. The LMP3 team also finished third at the final round of the 2018 series.
After a tough start to the season, United Autosports’ luck turned around at Spa as they won the European Le Mans Series race in both the LMP2 and LMP3 classes. This is the third time the team have won both classes in the same race.
After a widely-publicised campaign, we brought Fernando Alonso to sports cars as we entered the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Fernando raced alongside Phil Hanson and Lando Norris, while Paul Di Resta and Bruno Senna joined the team for the first time, racing alongside Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer. We finished fourth with the Di Resta / Senna / Owen / de Sadeleer car, after both cars led at certain points during the race.
Bruno is the nephew of legendary Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna. He has also raced in Formula One, but is better known for racing sportscars around the globe. He raced for United Autosports at the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona alongside Paul Di Resta, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer, finishing fourth. He then went onto race in the Six Hours of Watkins Glen with the team too.
Lando Norris drove for United Autosports at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2018 alongside Fernando Alonso and Phil Hanson. He is now a fully fledged Formula One racing driver for the McLaren F1 team.
The double Formula One World Champion made his sportscar debut with United Autosports at the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona, racing alongside Lando Norris and Phil Hanson.
The team visited the UAE at the end of 2017 and won the LMP3 Am class with Richard Meins, Jim McGuire and Shaun Lynn. They also finished on the overall LMP3 podium with our other two cars.
The team were crowned ELMS LMP3 champions for the second consecutive year at the end of 2017 as John Falb and Sean Rayhall finished the final race of the year in second place. Their other car won the race with Mark Patterson, Wayne Boyd and Christian England on board. They also finished second overall with LMP2 drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer, meaning all three cars finished the 2017 season on the podium.
After winning on their LMP2 debut at the start of the season at Silverstone, United Autosports went onto score another win and finished the other four races in the top six, leading them to finish second in the LMP2 championship in their debut season.
After winning the 2016 ELMS LMP3 Championship, United Autosports gained an automatic entry into the Le Mans 24 Hours – this would mark their first foray into the world-famous endurance race. Filipe Albuquerque, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer brought the car home fifth overall, fourth in the LMP2 class, a fantastic achievement for the team on their Le Mans debut. They were also the LMP2 team who spent the least amount of time in the pits during the race.
United Autosports scored a win and second place finish at their second Road to Le Mans event – support race to the Le Mans 24 Hours as John Falb and Sean Rayhall stood on the podium twice.
The team won on their LMP2 debut at Silverstone in 2017, while also winning the LMP3 class for the second year in a row. This was the first time an ELMS team has won both classes in the same race.
Stefan is a former Formula One driver and most recently raced for United Autosports in the 2016 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in a Ligier JS P3, where the team reunited Stefan with the Ligier brand 28 years after he raced for them in Formula One. He also raced for the team in the Spa 24 Hours in 2010 and 2011 and the 2011 Petit Le Mans. After he retired from Formula One, Stefan moved into sportscar racing, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours outright in 1997, and scoring Le Mans class wins in 1992 and 2003.
In 2016, United Autosports made their LMP3 debut with two Ligier JS P3s. They won the first three rounds and scored two further podiums, winning the championship with one round to spare. Their sister car finished third in the championship.
In 2016, the Road to Le Mans event was created to support the Le Mans 24 Hours. United Autosports entered two Ligier JS P3s into the inaugural race – one piloted by Martin Brundle. Reuniting Martin with the Ligier brand, he scored a pole position and finished second alongside ELMS driver Christian England.
Former Formula One driver and Sky Sports F1 commentator, Martin Brundle has raced for United Autosports on more than one occasion, most recently racing in the 2016 Road to Le Mans, where we reunited Martin with the Ligier brand. He raced alongside Christian England (who at the time was ELMS team mates with Martin's son, Alex). Martin, who is a former Le Mans 24 Hours race winner, brought his experience of the world famous endurance race to the team by scoring pole position in the Ligier JS P3. Martin was also part of the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona driver line up, finishing fourth alongside co-drivers Mark Blundell, Mark Patterson and Zak Brown.
United Autosports’ annual trip to Monterey was highly successful in 2015 as Zak Brown and Richard Dean scored a clean sweep in the Lola T332, putting the F5000 car on pole position for both races and bringing her home for two wins.
In 2014 United Autosports decided to take a different direction and entered the British Touring Car Championship with two Toyota Avensis race cars.
Markus Winkelhock is a former Formula One test driver and double Nurburgring 24 Hours race winner. He has raced in DTM, and many other sports car races, winning the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship. He raced for United Autosports at the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hours, alongside Mark Patterson and Eric Lux in the team’s Audi R8 LMS ultra, finishing sixth.
In support of the BTCC, the team also entered two Ginetta G55s in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. They scored numerous wins and podiums throughout the year, clinching the team’s championship at the end of the season.
After dominating the GT Cup with Jim Geddie in his McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car, United finished the 2014 season as champions.
Danny raced for United Autosports in the Macau GT Cup from 2011-2014, scoring three consecutive podiums in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Danny is a successful sportscar driver, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 class twice. Danny has also raced in the American Le Mans Series, Porsche Carrera Cup, Petit Le Mans, British F3 Championship, A1 GP and many other championships.
Scoring a win at the final round of the season wasn’t enough for the team to clinch the 2013 British GT Championship. They finished second by only 1.5 points with the Audi R8 LMS ultra and drivers Mark Patterson and Matt Bell.
This former Formula One driver raced for United Autosports in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series and selected 2013 British GT events in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car. Mark also raced for the team in the 2010 Spa 24 Hours, finishing third and in the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona, where he finished fourth in the Riley Ford Daytona Prototype.
Brendon raced for United Autosports in the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hours in the team’s Audi R8 LMS ultra. He is now a world famous sportscar racer, having raced for the Porsche factory LMP1 team, winning the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2015. After a spell in Formula One, Brendan now races for the Toyota Gazoo FIA WEC team.
United Autosports’ first championship win came in the form of the Supercar Challenge championship, where Jim and Glynn Geddie raced their McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car. The pair were dominant at circuits across Europe, scoring three wins and 10 podiums throughout the season.
The team scored their third consecutive podium with Danny Watts at the Macau GT Cup at the end of the 2012 season.
David Brabham raced in Formula One before becoming a successful sportscar champion. David is a triple Le Mans 24 Hours class winner, winning twice in an Aston Martin GT1 car, before winning the 24 Hours outright in 2009 as part of the Team Peugeot Total line up. David also won back-to-back American Le Mans Series championships in 2009 and 2010. He raced for United Autosports in the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2012 alongside Matt Bell and Alvaro Parente.
United Autosports’ first win in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 came courtesy of Matt Bell and Charles Bateman during the British GT round at Snetterton. The team followed that up with two more wins later in the season.
The team’s first season racing in America as part of the GRAND AM series was successful, ending with a second-place finish at Petit Le Mans on their LMP2 debut.
The second consecutive Macau GT Cup podium came courtesy of Danny Watts in 2011 – the first time the team raced the brand-new McLaren MP4-12C GT3.
United’s first trip to the top step of the podium came thanks to Matt Bell and Mike Guasch at Snetterton for the British GT round in the May of 2011.
Johnny Herbert is a former Formula One driver and current Sky Sports F1 commentator alongside Martin Brundle. He moved into sports car racing later in his career, entering the Le Mans 24 Hours many times. He raced for United Autosports in the 2011 Spa 24 Hours alongside team owners Zak Brown and Richard Dean and former F1 driver Stefan Johansson.
Arie is a successful CART and IndyCar racer and has won the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Sebring 12 Hours. He drove for United Autosports in the 2011 Spa 24 Hours.
During their first year of competition, United Autosports entered the Spa 24 Hours and finished on the podium with Eddie Cheever, Richard Dean, Zak Brown and Mark Blundell.
United Autosports’ Macau podium streak began back in 2010 as Danny Watts finished third in the team’s Audi R8 LMS – the first of four podiums in a row.
In 2020, United Autosports joined forces with Andretti Autosport to enter the inaugural season of the all new, electric series, Extreme E, creating the team Andretti United Extreme E.
Extreme E is a radical new racing series, which will see electric suv’s competing in extreme environments around the world. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.
In 2017, United Autosports announced their partnership with two of the biggest names in global motorsport, Walkinshaw Racing and Andretti Autosport to create the team Walkinshaw Andretti United.
The three successful motorsport companies have a wealth of experience in different racing series with United Autosports prominent in sports cars, Walkinshaw Racing specialising in Australian V8 Supercars and Andretti Autosport racing in the Indy Car Championship and most recently the Formula E series.
Each company will benefit from not only technical expertise, but also the shared commercial prowess each company possesses.