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United Announces Two-Car LMP3 Entry for Rolex 24

Double ELMS LMP3 champion United Autosports to contest new category’s debut at Daytona…

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United Autosports has announced plans to return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January with a pair of Ligier JS P320 Nissans entered into the new LMP3 category.

The Anglo-American squad, which clinched the European Le Mans Series LMP3 title in 2016 and 2017, has yet to confirm driver lineups as its entry request awaits acceptance.

LMP3 cars are eligible in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from next year, while Daytona will mark the category’s first race at the top level of IMSA competition.

United last contested the Rolex 24 in 2018 when it ran a pair of Ligier JSP217s in the mixed DPi-LMP2 prototype class.

The team’s highest-placed car, driven by Paul di Resta, Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Bruno Senna, finished fourth overall while its other Ligier entry featured Lando Norris, Phil Hanson and sports car racing debutant Fernando Alonso.

United has been a regular in LMP3 competition since the formula’s second season in 2016, running cars in the ELMS, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Asian Le Mans Series and more.

It currently fields two examples of the second-generation Ligier in ELMS, where it won the first two rounds of the season, as well as a pair of cars in the Le Mans Cup series.

“Adding the LMP3 class into the Daytona 24 Hours and the six-race WeatherTech season as a whole is a fantastic idea, congratulations to everyone at IMSA,” said United Autosports managing director Richard Dean.

“It further raises the profile of LMP3 and allows the teams to really push the limits with these cars over a 24-hour period.

“We are still waiting for some regulation confirmation from the organizers with regards to driver grading line ups, but we are excited at the prospect of returning to Daytona again and we can’t wait to display our LMP3 team over in the USA.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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