United Autosports has confirmed that Filipe Albuquerque will be its third driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, retaining the same trio that took the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson to a debut victory in last month’s European Le Mans Series season-opener.
The former Audi LMP1 ace will join ELMS season-long co-drivers Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in the Ligier, marking Albuquerque’s fourth Le Mans and second consecutive in the LMP2 ranks.
“I am really happy to race again this year at Le Mans. As everyone knows, it’s a very special race that every racing driver wants to take part in,” Albuquerque said.
“This year the LMP2 category will be very special because the cars are much faster so everyone is curious to see what lap time we can do.
“I am sure I will enjoy the faces of Hugo and Will when they complete their first laps around that huge track.”
Team owner/managing director Richard Dean added: “We had a great start to our debut ELMS LMP2 campaign at Silverstone so I really wanted to keep the three drivers together for Le Mans.
“It is such an important, world famous race, we wanted to go into it with the strongest line up we could and I think that’s what we have achieved here.”
The trio heads into next weekend’s Four Hours of Monza leading the ELMS championship.