Zak Brown and Richard Dean’s United Autosports team will move into the European Le Mans Series in 2016, with the ultimate goal of taking the Leeds, England-based team to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The team has two Ginetta Nissan LMP3 cars on order, and are expected to take delivery of their first chassis next month.
Once the chassis arrives, they’ll look to test this summer before a planned ELMS debut in the October 18 season finale at Estoril, ahead of the full 2016 season.
“The new LMP3 category is a great concept and the ideal starting point for United Autosports to begin our dream journey to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours,” Brown said.
“The European Le Mans Series is going from strength to strength while the collaboration between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest [ACO], the Le Mans organizing club, and the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United Sportscar Championships, means there could also be opportunities to race in North America.
“Ginetta has done a brilliant job in being a driving force in the development of LMP3 category and I am very excited with our latest program.”
Dean added, “This, along with our relationship with Ginetta and the fact that they are based next door to us in Garforth near Leeds, makes it an easy choice.
“We believe ELMS will continue to flourish and so are delighted to be in there early and be in a position to talk with interested drivers and plan for next year.”