SPA, Belgium (September 19, 2018) - With 19 corners spread among 4.352-miles of undulating pavement that unwinds though the Belgian forest, Circuit Spa Francorchamps is one of the most fabled laps in motorsport.
The track will play host this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series Championship as championship battles are officially heating up.
One team that has its eyes on the European Le Mans prize will look to add to the impressive list of accomplishments of fellow AERO-liveried teams this year is United Autosports as its lineup heads to Spa for round five. The weekend will also feature the Michelin Le Mans Cup which has made for some thrilling race action thus far with the field of LMP3 and GT machines.
A staple on European race schedules, Spa Francorchamps is notorious for its speed and roller-coaster like laps. There is no denying that corners that have names burned in this history of sport—‘Eau Rouge,’ Raidillon,’ and La Source— take commitment and skill. With speed an absolute priority, the reduced aerodynamic friction that teams get with AERO Sustainable Paint Technology helps them find peak pace on a track that has a huge reward for top speed.
An early AERO adopter and strong demonstrator of both the pace and beauty that AERO provides, United Autosports’ will make a six car assault on the Belgium race weekend.
Coming off of a big win at its home race at Silverstone, the No. 3 Ligier JS P3 of Tony Wells, Garrett Grist and Matt Bell will be aiming to take that championship lead after the Spa race weekend as the entry sits just 12-points behind in second.
Also joining the No. 3 in the LMP3 standings is the defending championship squad in the No. 2 Ligier JS P3 machine, also carrying a full AERO Sustainable Paint Technology livery. John Falb will pair with Scott Andrews who will be filling in for an ill Sean Rayhall. The duo is hopeful to follow up their strong podium finishing result from Silverstone this weekend at Spa.
The AERO advantage not only helps the team’s LMP3 machines but can also be seen on the two car LMP2 line up as well. The Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson pairing are hoping to redeem themselves after getting knocked out of the previous round in the No. 22 Ligier JS P217. Also looking for an improved result will be Hugo de Sadeleer, Will Owen and Wayne Boyd in the No. 32 Ligier JS P217 who took home 10th at the Silverstone outing.
“To win our home race for the third year running was fantastic,” said Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director. “Now we just need to maximize all our efforts for the next two races to keep us in with a chance of the championship. We have been working on our LMP2 package as well, to hopefully get us closer to the front of the grid than we have been for the first time this season.”
Returning to action after a lengthy three month summer break, is the Michelin Le Mans Cup. With competition so close in the series, the use of AERO Sustainable Paint will be an important differentiating factor to assist in the United Autosports three car line up.
The No. 32 of Colin Braun and Naj Husain are not only aiming to get reacquainted with their car after the summer break, but both drivers are eager for their first outing at the 4.352-mile circuit.
“Naj and I have not been to Spa before, so learning new tracks is always a fun challenge but a place like Spa really should be incredible,” said Braun. “I’ve heard so many amazing things about the track and cannot wait to get going. For these last two races in MLMC we are just looking to put it all together, I think we have been in a position to be in the top five if we had a few things fall our way – so that is our goal – try and finish on a strong note and achieve a top five!”
Joining the United Autosports line up will be the long running No. 22 duo of Jim McGuire (USA) and Britain’s Matthew Bell in the No. 22 AERO/Ligier LMP3, while Richard Meins and Christian England will look to make a fight back in their No. 23 after suffering from a power glitch at the Red Bull Ring outing.
Also sporting AERO in the Michelin Le Mans Cup fight will be the No.4 Brookspeed Racing entry of John Schauerman (USA) and Nicolas Rondet (FRA), with the UK based squad having moved up from GT4 competition in 2018.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup race will kick off the weekend competition on Saturday, September 22nd at 4:45 pm ET followed by the headlining 4 Hours of Spa Francorchamps this Sunday, September 23rd at 9:50 pm ET.