It’s official! Following months of speculation it has been confirmed that European LeMans Series team United Autosport will expand into the FIA World Endurance Championship from the 2019/20 season onwards.
The Leeds based outfit which is co-owner by McLaren CEO Zak Brown will run one car in the series.
Paddock Eye understand that the team will compete in the LMP2 class with a Ligier Gibson JSP217.
Speaking about the news, Brown said:
“We are pleased to be able to announce our entry into the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship. It has been the aim for United Autosports to enter the world championship for a while, but everything needed to fall into place so we could do it at the right time. We feel that now is the right time.
“We have developed a great relationship with Phil and Filipe and they make a fantastic pairing. We are still working on the third driver but for now, we are excited for what 2019 brings
It is fantastic news for the FIA World Endurance Championship and the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time with the Autosport International Show taking place at Birmingham’s NEC Arena this weekend.
WEC CEO Gerard Neveu commented saying:
This is a very good way to start 2019! We are really delighted to welcome a team of the calibre of United Autosports to the WEC, and are confident they will make a very positive contribution to the LMP2 category and to the championship as a whole.
“We know the team well from the European Le Mans Series and of course at Le Mans, and it’s very rewarding to see the progression they have made – and success they have attained – over the past few years. I am certain the whole WEC paddock will join me in welcoming United Autosports for the 2019-20 season.”
The 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season gets underway with the 4 Hours of Silverstone on September 1.