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Di Resta Completes United Autosports 24H Le Mans Lineup

Paul di Resta to make 24H Le Mans debut with United; completes team’s two-car lineup…

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Paul di Resta has been announced as the final driver in United Autosports’ two-car LMP2 entry for June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The former Formula 1 driver will make his debut appearance at the race in one of the Anglo-American team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibsons.

He will race alongside Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque while the other car will be driven by Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Juan Pablo Montoya, who was announced earlier this week.

Di Resta made his sports car debut with United Autosport in January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing fourth alongside Owen, de Sadeleer and Bruno Senna, before competing at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Hanson and Alex Brundle. 

“It’s exciting news to be continuing the partnership with everyone at United and undertaking the Le Mans 24 Hours,” he commented.

“It’s a race I’ve always looked at closely and now I’m getting the chance at the right time to have a go.

“It will be good to race alongside Phil again after the Sebring 12 Hours, which was a success and I’m excited to see how partnering Filipe goes.

“I’ve known him a long time and he is a credit to endurance racing. The task is to go and win and from what I’ve been told, that’s not too ambitious.

“We will do the best job possible to aim for that in the race.”

In addition to his Le Mans appearance, the 31-year-old is also set to race in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen although will be unable to complete the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup season owing to a clash between the DTM finale and Petit Le Mans.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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