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United Hires Ex-Toyota LMH Engineer as Technical Director

United Autosports hires ex-Toyota LMH engineer as new technical director…

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United Autosports has recruited former Toyota Gazoo Racing Hypercar engineer Jakob Andreasen as its technical director with immediate effect.

Andreasen was the race engineer of the Toyota GR010 Hybrid that won this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

His first on-site commitment for United will be this weekend’s European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup event at Spa where the team is running LMP2 and LMP3 cars.

Before joining the Cologne-based Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe in the summer of 2020, Andreasen worked for the Dragon Racing Formula E team and has also held engineering roles in Formula 1 with Williams, Force India and McLaren.

He succeeds ex-Ferrari Formula 1 engineer Dave Greenwood, who has left United Autosports.

“I am both personally and professionally very happy to join United Autosports,” said Andreasen.

“Le Mans is the best motor race and endurance sports car racing is in a great phase now and for the future.

“I look forward to work with the team and fulfill our objectives. United Autosports have created a great team and we are well placed to take the opportunities ahead and I am very excited to be part of this.”

Andreasen’s signing with United Autosports, which was first reported by Sportscar365 in June, comes at a time when the Anglo-American organization is aiming to secure a program at the top level of prototype racing.

The team currently runs a pair of Oreca 07 Gibsons in the FIA World Endurance Championship and won the LMP2 class title in 2019-20.

“We are delighted to have Jakob join our team,” said United Autosports team principal and co-owner Richard Dean.

“We are always looking to improve and to have the very best people join us.

“Jakob brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and I know that we can continue to challenge for titles when we continue to bring quality people into our company.”

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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