ILMC: United AutoSports Confirm Zhuhai Participation.

United AutoSports aim to participate in future ILMC events with their GT3-spec Audi R8 LMS.

United AutoSports aim to participate in future ILMC events with their GT3-spec Audi R8 LMS.

Having only been in existence for less than 12 months, United AutoSports today released details of the next step in its ever expanding programme. The team, known for their exploits in both the FIA GT3/British GT series and, more recently their spectacular third in-class, fourth overall finish at the Spa 24 Hours, has today unveiled plans to participate in the Chinese event of the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

The Zak Brown-led squad will commit a two car effort to the Zhuhai race, with the drivers of the first car already confirmed as Frenchmen, Jean Richard (of ALMS fame) and Alain li. The driver pairing for the second entry is expected to be confirmed at some time later this month. The European-based squad is the first, and only competitor based outside of Asia to confirm entries for the event.

Team owner Zak Brown had the following to say in light of the announcements: “I’m very excited about our new team racing in Asia in United Autosports’ first year of competition. Having contested the full FIA GT3 European Championship, the Spa 24 Hours and a couple of British GT Championship events, to now get an entry in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup finalé is just amazing and underlines our desire and our commitment to GT sports car racing.”

As the standard ACO class structure does not accomodate such entries, the ACO has borrowed the use of the GTC class name in order to accommodate GT3 participants. Thus the team’s weapon of choice, Audi’s R8 LMS GT3, will compete within this temporary category alongside fellow GT3-spec participants.

When questioned as to whether the inclusion of such a category would continue in future ACO-sanctioned events, ACO Sporting Director, Vincent Beaumesnil responded with the following statement: “At this stage, for sure, it’s a one shot. “Maybe in the future for other race events we’ll be open, but there’s no question. We won’t introduce these cars in all of the Le Mans events.”

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Zhuhai Confirmed as ILMC Finale Host.

Drayson Racing's Lola Judd, AsLMS 2009

Drayson Racing's LMP1 Lola-Judd Coupe during the 2009 Asian Le Mans series at Okayama - Image Courtesy John Dagys/Speedtv.com

Having been the subject of much speculation for many months, the location of the Chinese ILMC round has now been confirmed. In a recent press release Michelin’s LemansLive newspage revealed the Zhuhai circuit as the host of the Chinese event, the round acting as the finale for the inaugural running of the new series.

Located in the Guangdong region, the 4.3km track has hosted both FIAGT and A1GP events in the past, and will now play host to a selection of the worlds finest LMP and GT participants. While all details are yet to be confirmed, the round will feature factory supported LMP1 entries from both Audi and Peugeot outfits, aswell as English Lord Paul Drayson’s DraysonRacing squad.

More details on this as they emerge.