There will be a British-Canadian combination at United Autosports in their second LMP3 car, in the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series season.
The two Brits, Wayne Boyd and Chris Buncombe will join Canadian Garett Grist in the Ligier JS P3 Nissan.
Wayne Boyd is a well-known face at United Autosports. He drove two seasons for the team in their European Le Mans Series LMP3 programme, before upgrading to the LMP2 car in 2018. He wasn’t part of the Le Mans line-up, since he was replaced by Juan Pablo Montoya. “His” car actually finished third in the race, so he must have been slightly disappointed to miss out on that experience.
Garett Grist made his debut for the team earlier this year, in their ELMS LMP3 outfit. He was part of the winning the crew at Silverstone, and went on to finish third in the LMP3 Championship throughout the season.
Chris Buncombe is the new guy in the team, and hasn’t even driven an LMP3 car before. He does, however, have plenty of experience from many other race cars through the years. He has driven for JOTA Sport and Aston Martin Racing, before he raced for Strakka Racing. As a small side note, he is one of Jenson Button’s best mates, so the they often join each others race weekends as spectators. Buncombe has indeed travelled to Shanghai already, to join Button for the FIA WEC round this weekend. Chris has a brother, too, Alex, who is a Nissan works driver in their GT programme.
The Asian Le Mans Series will start next weekend in China.