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Ligier, United Autosports End UK Distributor Relationship

Ligier ends exclusive distribution agreement with United Autosports…

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Ligier Automotive has taken back control of its customer agency in the UK from United Autosports following the team’s switch to an Oreca LMP2 chassis for the 2019-20 WEC season.

United was originally set to run a Ligier JS P217 Gibson in its debut FIA World Endurance Championship campaign, but opted to switch to an Oreca 07 Gibson less than a month before the start of the new term.

It was initially understood that this announcement would bear no impact on the team’s partnership with Ligier Automotive in the long run.

In a statement, Ligier Automotive president Jacques Nicolet said that the French company will now revert to supporting United as a standard customer team.

The Richard Dean-led squad currently runs a cohort of Ligier JS P3 Nissans in both the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the European Le Mans Series, alongside its WEC program.

Nicolet said: “Since 2016, United Autosports in its role as Ligier UK has represented the Ligier make in the United Kingdom, handled the distribution and the after-sales service of Ligier racing cars and participated in several events like the Autosport International Show and the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed for Ligier’s 50th anniversary.

“We would like to thank Zak Brown and Richard Dean and the whole United Autosports team for this three-year partnership.

“Our ways are parting concerning the distribution of Ligier products, but as a racing car constructor we will continue to accompany and support United Autosports and their Ligiers as we do for all the other race teams.”

Ligier has stated that it will retake control of its UK sales network on August 1.

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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