Albuqeurque gets United Autosports Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 seat
|Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 08:55 GMT|
Former Audi LMP1 driver Filipe Albuquerque has been retained by the Anglo-American United Autosports squad for its maiden Le Mans 24 Hours assault in June.
The Portuguese made a winning start to his European Le Mans Series campaign in the team's Ligier-Gibson JSP217 at Silverstone last month and has now been confirmed by United for the double-points World Endurance Championship round on June 17/18.
Albuquerque will share the LMP2 Ligier with regular ELMS team-mates Hugo de Sadeleer, a race winner in last year's Formula Renault Eurocup, and Pro Mazda graduate Will Owen.
Team boss Richard Dean said: "We had a great start to our debut ELMS LMP2 campaign at Silverstone, so I really wanted to keep the three drivers together for Le Mans.
"We wanted to go into it with the strongest line-up we could and I think that's what we have achieved here."
Albuquerque added: "I am really happy to race again this year at Le Mans - it's a very special race that every racing driver wants to take part in."
The 31-year-old, who parted company with Audi at the end of last year, has contested Le Mans on three previous occasions.
He raced for Audi in LMP1 in 2014-15 and drove for the RGR Sport Ligier squad in last year's event as part of a full-season WEC campaign that yielded second place in the LMP2 points.