First car in ELMS set for United

United Autosports has sorted out the drivers for their first car in the European Le Mans Series 2021.

Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley will enter the LMP3 category in car #3, for the second year in a row.

This will be the fifth season for McGuide in the team. He raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 category from 2017-19, before moving up to the ELMS in 2020.

He missed out on the first podium position for the squad at Paul Ricard in 2020, since he had to stay home due to work. Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley claimed second place in the evening race in the south of France.

Duncan Tappy was new to the team in 2020, but he had several seasons of Michelin Le Mans Cup at Lanan Racing, where he was close to claiming the title in 2019.

United Autosports #3
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Andrew Bentley has been in and around United Autosports for several seasons, and has acted as a reserve driver, if any of the regular drivers had to miss a race. The 2020 season was the first full season for him at the English/American outfit, ending up fifth in the Championship.

United Autosports has been one of the most dominant teams in sportscar racing since their debut in the European Le Mans Series in 2016. Their 2018 season was their “worst”, since they “only” won the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 title in LMP2. On the other hand, they completely dominated 2020, where they won the titles in FIA WEC LMP2, ELMS LMP2 (plus second place), ELMS LMP3 – on top of four out of eight possible LMP2 wins in the FIA WEC, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September – in addition to four out of five possible LMP2 victories in the ELMS, and three out of five LMP3 victories in the ELMS.

The European Le Mans Series 2021 is planned to start in April at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

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