No 32 United Autosports, Ligier JS P217, LMP2, Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer, Filipe Albuquerque, ELMS Red Bull Ring 2017

United Autosports have confirmed that Ulsterman Wayne Boyd will join their LMP2 team for the 2018 European Le Mans Series alongside Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer.

“To be back with United for my third season was amazing and now I’ve been given this huge opportunity, I’ll be giving it absolutely everything.” Said Boyd. “I had a test with the team in LMP2 at Aragon last year and it went really well. I still have a lot to learn but I have two great team mates and an amazing team around me to help.

“It’s quite literally a dream come true for me. I can’t thank Richard, Zak and everyone involved enough. I’d also like to thank Richard Meins who I was originally driving with this year for his understanding. I can’t wait to get going now.”
 
The Northern Irishman began his career with United Autosports in 2016 as he joined them for their debut in the LMP3 class alongside Mark Patterson and Matt Bell, finishing fifth in the championship. The following year, Wayne raced alongside Mark Patterson and Christian England, finishing third in the championship standings after scoring their first win at the final round at Portimao.
 
As Boyd mentioned, he tested the Ligier JS P217 at United Autosports private test in Aragon, Spain, in November last year alongside Fernando Alonso. 
 
“I’m really pleased Wayne will be joining our LMP2 programme.” said UA’s Chairman Zak Brown. “He has been quick in our LMP3 car and I’m confident he will carry this on to the LMP2 project.

“He’s great to have around and I think he will work well with Will and Hugo. I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on.”