United Autosports to enter 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup
- European Le Mans Series LMP3 champions to enter ELMS support race
- Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins to campaign Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3
- Race series includes Road to Le Mans event in June
United Autosports have confirmed their entry into the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions will run the Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3 in the ELMS support series for Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins.
The racing duo most recently raced with United Autosports in the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, scoring a second place finish. Shaun, who is known for his historic racing, also raced the Ligier JS P3 at the inaugural round of the British LMP3 Cup Championship in October last year. Richard is also a United Autosports regular, having raced for the team over a number of years in various GT3 machinery.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup, which is the main support race for the European Le Mans Series, visits six of the best European circuits, Monza, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard, Spa Francorchamps and Portimao, with the special ‘Road to Le Mans’ event, held on the full Le Mans circuit the morning before the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
Each Michelin Le Mans Cup race is two hours long and is held on the Saturday afternoon, with two free practice sessions and a 15-minute qualifying session throughout the weekend. The first Michelin Le Mans Cup race is on 12-13 May at Monza, Italy.
United Autosports will also be aiming to defend their LMP3 ELMS Championship title with a two-car entry into the series. They will also be racing their Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 class of the ELMS, as well as at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
Shaun Lynn, driver, United Autosports:
“I’m looking forward to the start of the Michelin Le Mans Cup season. It sounds like a great championship for drivers like Richard and myself and I’m looking forward to getting back in the Ligier JS P3. I enjoyed racing the car out in Abu Dhabi, so it will be nice to race it round the great European tracks the series goes to.”
Richard Meins, driver, United Autosports:
“I’m really pleased to be back with United Autosports after a premature end to my British GT season in 2013. I really enjoyed the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi in December and I’m looking forward to what looks to be a terrific calendar in Europe in a fantastic car.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“Entering the Michelin Le Mans Cup made total sense for us as a team. Richard and Shaun had expressed an interest in European racing and this is the perfect series for them. They have both had some time in the Ligier JS P3 now after their race in Abu Dhabi and we plan to go testing with them before the start of the season to make sure they are prepared for the year. I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on.”