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United Signs Van Uitert for 2020 Season

United signs Job van Uitert to complete one of its LMP2 driver lineups for the 2020 ELMS…

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United Autosports has signed this year’s European Le Mans Series runner-up Job van Uitert for the 2020 season.

The 21-year-old Dutch driver, who contested the 2019 campaign with G-Drive Racing, will partner Will Owen and Alex Brundle in one of United’s two Oreca 07 Gibsons.

Van Uitert has been upgraded from FIA Silver to Gold status for the next calendar year, which put pressure on his former outfit G-Drive to retain him in its lineup.

United’s now-finalized crew will see Owen take on the role of designated Silver while Brundle and van Uitert are both Gold.

“I have been watching Job progress since we ran an LMP3 test for him in 2017 where he was extremely impressive,” said United managing director Richard Dean.

“We were close to an agreement together in 2018 and again in LMP2 for 2019, so I am pleased we have finally managed to get a deal together for the 2020 season.

“Job is fast, now he has a season of LMP2 experience too. He is an exciting addition to our team and shows our intent to go for race wins with both of our LMP2 cars.

“He will fit in very well with the structure and alongside Will and Alex. It is rare at this stage for anybody to have all their drivers signed for the following season, so to be able to say that about our LMP2 team is terrific.”

Van Uitert won the ELMS LMP3 title in his first year of sports cars in 2018, which came after finishing runner-up in the 2017 Italian Formula 4 Championship.

His move up to the LMP2 category this year heralded two ELMS race wins at Monza and Barcelona as well as three FIA World Endurance Championship appearances.

“I’m truly excited to join United Autosports for 2020,” said van Uitert.

“I have raced against the team in both my seasons in the ELMS as well as at Le Mans and I know how good they are.

“We’ve been talking with each other, trying to get the stars aligned for a few years and to be finally joining the team next year is fantastic and I want to thank Zak Brown and Richard Dean for the opportunity.”

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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