- First appearance of the Ligier JS P4 at a UK race track this weekend
- Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley team up for the first time
- Opening round of the second season of the British LMP3 Cup
United Autosports have confirmed that Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley will race the Ligier JS P4 as it makes its UK track debut at Donington Park this weekend (21-22 April).
The Ligier JS P4 will be making its UK debut at the opening round of the LMP3 Cup, as the championship enters its second year of competition. The Ligier JS P4 is eligible to race in the PT4 class of the LMP3 Cup, after successful negotiations between the organisers of the LMP3 Cup, Bute Motorsport and the ACO, to include it in the UK series.
The Ligier JS P4 was first unveiled at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, by Onroak Automotive President, Jacques Nicolet. It was then on display for the first time in the UK at the Autosport International Show on the Ligier UK stand.
Matt Bell races for United Autosports in both the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup and has raced for the team in various series since their first season in 2010. Andrew Bentley has also previously raced for the team, alongside Richard Meins in the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The first round of the LMP3 Cup begins this weekend with free practice at 10:15 on Saturday 21 April. Qualifying will begin at 12:45 with race one starting at 16:05. On Sunday 22 April, qualifying begins at 10:10, with race two starting at 14:00.
Matt Bell, driver, United Autosports:
“I’m looking forward so debuting the new Ligier JS P4 sports car in the UK LMP3 Cup Championship. It’s not something you get to do very often! I was impressed the first time I drove the Ligier LMP3, so it’ll be interesting to see what Onroak Automotive have produced for the Ligier JS P4. It looks amazing that’s for sure.”
Andrew Bentley, driver, United Autosports:
“It’s great to be asked to be part of the team for the UK debut of the exciting Ligier JS P4. If it drives how it looks it will be very quick. It’s an important step in racing as it really opens up new opportunities in prototype racing, so to be involved in its first ever race is special.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“We are looking forward to the opening round of the LMP3 Cup. It will be great to finally see the Ligier JS P4 out on a UK circuit. We will be gathering more information on the car for our customers based on the UK circuits so it will be a beneficial weekend for us.”