Alex Brundle will spearhead United Autosports European Le Mans Series campaign in 2016.
Regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting young sportscar talents, Brundle will race one of the team’s Ligier JS P3 cars in the newly-extended, six-event series.
The 25-year-old has raced in prototype machinery since 2012 – his best result being a second-place finish in both the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and the 2013 World Endurance Championship in an LMP2 car.
Brundle has contested the Le Mans 24 Hours three times and the Daytona 24 Hours twice. He has also raced in the ELMS, United SportsCar Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, and the American Le Mans Series.
Despite his young years, Brundle is already experienced in sports car championships worldwide. He is also no stranger to Ligier, having worked with them over two seasons in the WEC and has also assisted them with the development of the Ligier JS P2 car.
He also has experience racing and testing at all six circuits on the 2016 ELMS calendar but is yet to drive the Ligier JS P3.
“I’m delighted to be joining United Autosports for the full and extended European Le Mans Series in 2016,” Brundle said. “I’ve admired the way they go racing for a long time and it’s going to be absolutely great to work with them on their new LMP3 program.
“I have worked closely with Ligier in the past on their LMP2 program and it is great to continue working with a Ligier chassis underneath me.
“First and foremost though, my excitement is with joining United Autosports and mirroring the ambition and effectiveness of Zak [Brown] and Richard [Dean] in the delivery of their previous motorsport programs which I’m sure will continue into their 2016 ELMS campaign.
“The JS P3 will be new to me but I’m keen to get on top of it as quickly as possible and assist the team where I can. I’m sure this is the start of a great partnership.”
This will not be the first time a member of the Brundle family has raced with United Autosports. The team ran Alex’s father, Martin in the 2011 Rolex Daytona 24 Hours alongside Zak Brown, Mark Blundell and Mark Patterson in a Riley Daytona Prototype. The team finished fourth overall.
“We are thrilled to have Alex join us for our debut in the European Le Mans Series,” United Autosports co-owner and managing director Richard Dean said. “He is fast and reliable and will bring a huge amount of knowledge of LMP racing to our team and we are looking forward to working with him on the development of our LMP3 program.
“We worked with Alex’s father Martin at the 2011 Rolex Daytona 24 when he finished fourth alongside Zak, Mark Blundell and Mark Patterson so this will be really interesting for us to also get to work with Alex for a full season.
“I believe Alex will be a perfect fit for the team and we can’t wait to get started.”
United Autosports will take delivery of the first Ligier JS P3 car at the end of this year, when a full and extensive testing schedule will commence.