The team at United Autosports have reported that they are well underway with their preparations ahead of the third round of the Asian Le Mans Series in Buriram, Thailand this weekend (11-12 January).
Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson are currently leading the championship in the #22 Ligier JS P2 off the back of their second-place finishes in Shanghai and Fuji.
“The first two races of the season have been excellent – the highlight being Phil’s qualifying at Fuji,” said Di Resta. “The race in Fuji didn’t quite go our way, but we are in good shape regarding the championship, leading with two rounds to go.
The conditions will be much different in the next two races than the first two, warmer and more demanding. I’ve never been to Thailand, so I’m looking forward to experiencing another culture, which is also part of racing in the Asian Le Mans Series. We are heading to Thailand with the same fighting spirit so we can continue the progress we are making in this championship.”
Co-driver Phil Hanson added, “I’m looking forward to going back to Thailand. Buriram is a track that I’ve already been to when I raced in the Asian Le Mans Series a couple of years ago. As my first race of the new year, it will be important to get off to a good start and hopefully add to our championship lead.”
Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc are leading the LMP2 Am championship with their #23 Ligier, following a win in China and the second place in Japan.
The team’s LMP3 squads are now in second and third place in class, with the #3 car of Matt Bell, Jim McGuire and Kay van Berlo just 11 points behind the leaders following their victory at Fuji. The #2 Ligier JS P3 of Wayne Boyd, Garrett Grist and Chris Buncombe is now third in class after a disappointing fifth place at Fuji.
Team owner and Chairman, Zak Brown concluded, “We head into the new year in good positions with our LMP2 team, leading both championships. The LMP3 team has a bit of work to do, but lying second and third in the championship isn’t a bad result at the halfway stage. All four driver line-ups have the capability of winning, so that is the goal for Buriram.”
The third round of the Asian Le Mans Series takes place at Buriram, Thailand and begins on Friday 11th January with free practice at 08:40 local time (UK +7hrs). The four-hour race will start at 12:00 on Saturday 12th January.