By: Kobe Lambeth
United Autosports announced that LMPC veteran, Mike Guasch, will join the team in 2016, alongside Alex Brundle driving a Ligier JS P3.
Guasch will move to the European Le Mans Series after a successful 2015 season in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. He was able to win the North American Endurance Cup in the Prototype Challenge class. Securing victories in the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, Lime Rock, and the Petit Le Mans, Guasch had a very successful season.
He is also an LMPC champion from the former American Le Mans Series. Moving to the LMP3 class is very smart for Guasch to do. There has been a lot of concern towards the future of the Prototype Challenge class in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Driving LMP3 machinery for a full season is a great idea for the LMPC veteran to see if it could potentially make its way to America. However, I do not know if Guasch will return to IMSA in the immediate future.
Mike Guasch said, “I am thrilled to come back to United Autosports with Richard Dean and Zak Brown. I spent two great years racing in Europe with them in 2010 and 2011 in the Audi R8 LMS. I moved back to the States to drive prototypes and found that endurance racing in those types of cars suits my driving style very well. I am excited to drive the Ligier JS P3 car because it is the new, modern version of the LMPC car that I have been driving for the last few years. I can’t wait to get back to racing in Europe, working with my old team, friends, teammates and Alex Brundle, my new co-driver. I’ll be pushing hard to win the ELMS title for United.”
I am excited to see Mike Guasch race in the European Le Mans Series this season. He is one of the best amateur drivers in the world and LMP3 is a growing category. It is always a nice sight to see Americans race in Europe. Guasch has a great co-driver, Alex Brundle, who is returning from an illness that kept him out of action for most of 2015. I predict that Brundle is going to have a monster comeback as he, Guasch, and an unnamed driver will go for the LMP3 title. If this team has a great season, then they could potentially get an LMP2 invite to Le Mans in 2017. The team is currently searching for a bronze rated driver to complete their lineup. It will be exciting to see United Autosports compete in the LMP3 category this season.
For more information on this topic, go to: http://www.united-autosports.com