Alex Lynn is set to make his first LMP2 category appearance in four years as part of United Autosports’ driver lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August.
The reigning GTE-Pro class winner with Aston Martin will team up with defending LMP2 winner Paul di Resta in the No. 23 Oreca 07 Gibson, with another driver to be announced.
Lynn, who drives for Mahindra Racing in Formula E, last raced an LMP2 car in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The British driver piloted a G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 during that campaign and took pole at Le Mans on his first visit to the French classic.
He also won the 2017 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring driving a Dallara LMP2-based Cadillac DPi-V.R operated by the Wayne Taylor Racing squad.
Lynn and di Resta will drive one of three Orecas run by last year’s Le Mans LMP2 winner United. The team also has a single full-season WEC entry for Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer, and a third car with only Nico Jamin confirmed so far.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining United Autosports for the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours,” said Lynn, who won the GTE-Pro race in 2020 with Harry Tincknell and Maxime Martin.
“It feels like I’m going back home, driving a prototype. To be with the defending LMP2 Le Mans-winning team and driver, Paul Di Resta, is a great opportunity.
“After standing on that top step of the podium last year I can’t wait to get going again, and I’m sure we’d all love to do the two.”
In addition to making his LMP2 return, Lynn is set to reunite with the United Autosports team with which he contested the 2016 Gulf 12 Hours in a Ligier JS P3 Nissan.
After his breakthrough LMP2 season in 2017, Lynn became an Aston Martin Racing factory driver and concurrently established himself as a regular on the Formula E grid.
“It has been a while since Alex last raced with us and he has gone on to achieve so much as a driver since then,” said the British squad’s managing director Richard Dean.
“He is a Le Mans winner in GTE and I’m excited to see what he can achieve at Le Mans with our team. Alex will fit in well and work with Paul to get the best out of the car. Welcome to the team, Alex.”