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United Autosports have today announced that Alex Brundle will spearhead its European Le Mans Series (ELMS) campaign in 2016.
Regarded as one of Britain’s most exciting young sportscar talents, Alex will race one of the team’s Ligier JS P3 cars in the newly-extended, six-event series.
Graduating from single-seaters, Alex has vast racing knowledge under his belt and is a formidable racer. The 25-year-old has raced in prototype machinery since 2012 – his best result being a second-place finish in both the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours and the 2013 World Endurance Championship (WEC) in an LMP2 car. Alex has contested the Le Mans 24 Hours three times and the Daytona 24 Hours twice. He has also raced in the ELMS, United SportsCar Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, and the American Le Mans Series.
“I’m delighted to be joining United Autosports for the full and extended European Le Mans Series in 2016.” said an enthused Brundle. “I have worked closely with Ligier in the past on their LMP2 programme and it is great to continue working with a Ligier chassis underneath me.
“The JS P3 will be new to me but I’m keen to get on top of it as quickly as possible and assist the team where I can. I’m sure this is the start of a great partnership.”
Despite his young years, Alex is already experienced in sportscar championships worldwide. He is also no stranger to Ligier, having worked with them over two seasons in the WEC and has also assisted them with the development of the Ligier JS P2 car. He also has experience racing and testing at all six circuits on the 2016 ELMS calendar but is yet to drive the Ligier JS P3.
“It’s great to have Alex on board for 2016 to lead the team in our debut in the ELMS.” added Chairman and Team Owner, Zak Brown.
“His knowledge of LMP racing and the circuits on the ELMS calendar will stand us in good stead for the year ahead. I can’t wait to see how he gets on.”
This will not be the first time a member of the Brundle family has raced with United Autosports. The team ran Alex’s father, Martin in the 2011 Rolex Daytona 24 Hours alongside Zak Brown, Mark Blundell and Mark Patterson in a Riley Daytona Prototype. The team finished fourth overall after completing 721 laps.
United Autosports will take delivery of the first Ligier JS P3 car at the end of this year, when a full and extensive testing schedule will commence.