Filipe Albuquerque has been confirmed as the third driver in United Autosports’ LMP2 lineup for the European Le Mans Series this season.
The Portuquese driver will join previously-announced Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson.
However, the 31-year-old will not race for United in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with his replacement for the French endurance classic in June yet to be announced.
Albuquerque has experience in several sports car series, and last year completed the FIA World Endurance Championship in the RGR Sport Ligier JS P2 Nissan, among other programs.
Most recently, he finished second in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
“I am really happy to join United Autosports,” he said. “They are a very experienced team – they won the LMP3 ELMS last year so they really know what they are doing.
“This year will be my third ELMS season. I have been close to winning it before and I will work hard to make it happen this year especially finishing again in Portugal at a track that I really like.”
The team will be testing at Portimao this weekend to begin its pre-season test program.
The three LMP2 drivers will also be joined by John Falb, Sean Rayhall, Mark Patterson, Wayne Boyd and Christian England, the five drivers who will race United’s pair of Ligier JS P3 Nissans in the ELMS this season.
“It’s great that a very experienced, race-winning driver like Filipe has committed to the team for our LMP2 ELMS challenge,” said team owner and chairman Zak Brown.
“We have a really strong lineup in our LMP2 car now and I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on. The two LMP3 line ups are just as strong so I’m feeling confident going into 2017.”