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United Retains Hanson, Van Uitert for Two-Car LMP2 Entry

Phil Hanson, Job van Uitert back with United Autosports for 2021 ELMS campaign…

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United Autosports has confirmed that Phil Hanson and Job van Uitert will return to the team’s European Le Mans Series LMP2 program next year driving different cars.

Hanson will seek to defend his ELMS drivers’ title in the No. 22 Oreca 07 Gibson, while van Uitert will once again get behind the wheel of the No. 32 sister machine.

Their co-drivers for the 2021 campaign, which is due to start at the 4 Hours of Barcelona on Apr. 17-18, have not been announced yet.

Hanson partnered Filipe Albuquerque for the 2020 season as the required FIA Silver-rated member of the driver lineup.

The Englishman, who becomes Gold-rated from the start of next year, won three races alongside Albuquerque en route to a commanding title win.

The pair also clinched the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 drivers’ crown by winning four races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Paul di Resta.

Van Uitert, meanwhile, joined United Autosports for the 2020 ELMS campaign off the back of a successful term as G-Drive Racing’s designated Silver driver in 2019.

The Gold-rated Dutchman has been a runner-up in both of the previous two ELMS seasons, including this year with his United co-drivers Alex Brundle and Will Owen.

“Having both Phil and Job return to our LMP2 team brings consistency that will hugely benefit our 2021 championship challenge,”‘ said United Autosports co-owner Richard Dean.

“Phil is the reigning champion and Job finished second in the championship standings so I’m confident we will have two strong cars once again for 2021.”

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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