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Senna Completes United Autosports Rolex 24 Lineup

Bruno Senna announced as final driver in United Autosport’s two-car Rolex 24 lineup…

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Bruno Senna has been announced as the final driver in United Autosports’ driver lineup for its two-car Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup.

The reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 champion will race alongside Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta in one of the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibsons.

Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson will compete in a second car, meanwhile.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” said Senna.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Added team owner and managing director Richard Dean: “I’m really pleased to welcome Bruno to the team for the Daytona 24 Hours. He will be great added value to the team as he has prototype and Daytona experience.

“We’ve taken our time to put the right line ups together for both cars and I’ve think we have a great balance of speed, skill and experience to head to Daytona ready for the challenge.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Luc

    December 7, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Looks like a very potent line up. Bruno Senna is a very very good driver who can wrestle those extra tenths. He has impressed me greatly since he’s in LMP2

  2. David Chaste

    December 7, 2017 at 9:15 am

    What “Alphonso” didn’t want any help in his car ? He might have to drive the maximum 12hrs to stay competitive. Lando Norris and Phil Hanson are fast but they’re raw…like Lance Stroll was a couple years ago, and he had trashed the car a couple times.

    Despite Fernando’s prowess, the endurance game is a team arena and with the other car having Desadelier, Di resta, and now Senna, it’s packing some serious firepower that Alonso’s car is lacking.

    After Fernando finishes et quadruple stint in the lead or top 5 placement in the first 3 hours you might see one of his young gun teammates clout the pit lane wall while exiting on cold, rock hard continentals.

    • Kurt

      December 7, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Agreed. I would have Norris start with double, then Hanson for double, then Alonso for triple as it starts to cool off/fireworks/etc. That should also maximize potential points for NAEC. Quadruples are tricky, as you have to give a big gap to the driver after due to the 4 in 6 rule. That said, I think stints were ~37mins last year so it’s not as challenging as it used to be. The overall driver lineup in the other car is a little more stout in my opinion, with more experienced drivers in traffic.

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