Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo will defend their Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 title with United Autosports in the 2018-19 season.
The U.S. pair, who won twice on their way to clinching the 2017-18 title with Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport, will co-drive a United-run Ligier JS P3 Nissan with FIA World Endurance Championship regular Salih Yoluc.
All three drivers are familiar with the United Autosports operation, having shared one of the team’s LMP3 cars in the 2017 Gulf 12 Hours.
United plans to enter four cars into this season’s Asian Le Mans Series, with two Ligier JS P2 Nissans alongside a pair of LMP3 Ligiers.
“We loved racing in the Asian Le Mans Series last year; the adventure of contesting a championship in faraway parts of the world, learning new race tracks and experiencing new cultures,” said Cosmo.
“The competitiveness and professionalism of the series left its mark on us and we are eager to go back for more.
“However, entering as the defending series champions will not dilute our focus or approach in any way.
“The competition will be stronger than ever and we must focus on maximizing every aspect of our program to ensure success.”
United Autosports managing director Richard Dean added that Cosmo and Byrne’s prior Asian experience will benefit series debutant Yoluc, who usually drives a TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage in the WEC GTE-Am category.
“It’s always nice to welcome back drivers that have driven for us before and this is no exception,” said Dean.
“Guy and Patrick raced with Salih last year in Abu Dhabi and they performed well.
“They are also reigning LMP3 champions so their experience will help the team and Salih, who has never raced at these circuits before.”
Round one of the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series takes place at Shanghai on November 25.