United Autosports have announced that Phil Burgan will return to the team in 2016 as part of their GT3 programme.

Burgan, along with F1 sponsorship guru and United Autosports co-owner, Zak Brown, will enter the newly-created, official ACO Le Mans GT3 support race on 18 June in the Audi R8 LMS ultra (subject to entry confirmation).

“I’m delighted to be back racing after a short retirement and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at United Autosports again.” said Burgan. “I’m excited to be entering the Le Mans 24 Hours support race with Zak Brown and also continuing with British racing by doing a few GT Cup races.

“I’m also pleased to be extending my relationship with the team by sponsoring their two ELMS cars.”

Team Owner Zak Brown added: “I’m pleased to be racing with Phil. He has a great relationship with the team and from both a co-driver and team owner perspective, it will be great to have him back again.”

The team will also enter the Audi in four GT Cup rounds for Phil as they return to the championship for a third year running. Burgan raced the Audi in a full season of the GT Cup last year, scoring 10 podiums and coming third in the GTO class. United Autosports were also crowned GT Cup champions in 2014 with Jim Geddie.

It awaits to be confirmed whether Burgan will race on his own, or if he will race with a pro driver in the pit stop races.

United Autosports’ GT3 programme will run alongside the team’s debut in the European Le Mans Series and their packed historic event schedule in 2016. The team will begin testing with the Audi in February in preparation for the first round of the GT Cup at Donington Park on 23-24 April.