- Monza, Italy to host round four of the ELMS and round five of MLMC
- United Autosports leading both LMP2 and LMP3 ELMS championships
- Le Mans Cup team targeting podiums at penultimate round
United Autosports head to Monza, Italy this weekend (9-11 October) for the penultimate round of the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The British team are current LMP2 and LMP3 championship leaders and are aiming to keep those championship leads in tact heading into the final round of the year at Portimao.
The #22 crew of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque are leading the LMP2 championship by 29 points from their nearest rivals, team mates Alex Brundle, Job van Uitert and Will Owen in the #32 Oreca 07. Both car crews will be aiming for the top step of the podium this weekend in the hope of clinching United’s eighth LMP2 class win in a row, while Filipe Albuquerque will be aiming for his sixth straight ELMS pole position.
Over in LMP3, the #2 Ligier JS P320 crew of Wayne Boyd, Tom Gamble and Rob Wheldon are still leading the championship heading into round four after suffering a DNF at the last race in Paul Ricard. Scoring maximum points in the first two rounds gives them a 14-point lead over second place, while the #3 crew of Jim McGuire, Andrew Bentley and Duncan Tappy lie third in the standings after a second place finish at Paul Ricard in August.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup heads to Monza for round five of the series, after visiting Le Mans for the Road to Le Mans event. A pole position and fifth place at Le Mans for Wayne Boyd and John Schauerman in the #23 Ligier leaves them eighth in the championship, while a fourth place finish for Daniel Schneider and Andy Meyrick in the #24 Ligier at Le Mans leaves them sixth in the standings. Both cars will be aiming for podium finishes to score as many championship points as possible before heading into the final round at Portimao.
Weekend timetable – 4 Hours of Monza
Friday 9th October
09:15-10:15 Michelin Le Mans Cup Free Practice 1
11:40-13:10 European Le Mans Series Free Practice 1
14:45-15:15 Michelin Le Mans Cup Bronze Driver Test
15:25-15:55 European Le Mans Series Bronze Driver Test
17:00-18:00 Michelin Le Mans Cup Free Practice 2
Saturday 10th October
09:00-10:30 European Le Mans Series Free Practice 2
12:35-12:50 Michelin Le Mans Cup Qualifying
14:00-14:30 European Le Mans Series Qualifying
16:30-18:30 Michelin Le Mans Cup Race
Sunday 11th October
11:00-15:00 European Le Mans Series Race
Championship Standings LMP2
#22 United Autosports
#32 United Autosports
Championship Standings LMP3
#2 United Autosports
#8 Realteam Racing
#3 United Autosports
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“To be leading both the LMP2 and LMP3 championships heading into the final two rounds of the season is pretty incredible. I know the team will keep their heads down and concentrate on the race in hand and aim to get the best results possible and then we will see where we are heading into the final round.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“The races this year have come around so quickly, from one to the next, given the current circumstances, so the team have done really well to put in all the hard work they have to get us to this point. They really deserve the results we are getting at the moment. Of course we are not getting complacent and we are focusing on each race at a time, but it is in the backs of our minds about championships so we will not be taking too many risks either. Let’s see where we are come Sunday evening.”