United Autosports has become the first high-profile team to commit to the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series season with a four-car assualt announced on Wednesday.
The Anglo-American team will enter a pair of Ligier JS P2 Nissans and two Ligier JS P3 Nissans in the LMP2 and LMP3 classes of the championship, which will get underway in November.
It will rent the pair of Ligier JS P2s from Onroak instead of running its usual Ligier JS P217s, as the series only permits previous-gen LMP2 cars in its top class.
United will race in Asia for the first time since 2014 when it entered the Macau GT Cup with a pair of McLaren MP4-12C GT3s.
It also competed at Zhuhai in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup round in 2010.
In recent years the team, which also serves as Onroak’s UK distributor, has focused on the European Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup and additional entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and selected IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rounds.
Drivers have yet to be announced.
“I’m really excited to be racing in Asia and it made sense to add another ACO program to our calendar,” said co-owner and managing director Richard Dean.
“There is a lot of interest in the series and it gives United Autosports a new challenge to take on. From a personal point of view, I’m looking forward to going back to Asia.
“I raced a lot in Japan when I was younger and it was a place I loved so I’m looking forward to heading back there to see how much it has changed.”