United Autosports Win 2021 Asian Le Mans LMP3

Photo Credit: Asian LeMans Series

8 March 2021


Historic podium lockout for LMP3 championship winners in Abu Dhabi
Three wins for Boyd, Maldonado and Penttinen sealing championship win
Second place in LMP3 championship for McGuire, Tappy and Bentley
Double podium for #3 crew in Abu Dhabi
Third place finish for Loggie, Meyrick and Wheldon in race four
Third pole position for Wayne Boyd in 2021 Asian Le Mans Series

United Autosports have won the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship after the #23 crew of Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and Rory Penttinen won the final race of the series in Abu Dhabi.

The team also scored a 1-2-3 historic podium lockout with the #3 AERO Ligier JS P320 of Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley finishing second and the #2 crew of Ian Loggie, Andy Meyrick and Rob Wheldon finishing third.

The #23 crew of Wayne Boyd, Manuel Maldonado and Rory Penttinen won the race from second on the grid, marking their third visit to the top step of the podium in the championship, after a disappointing DNF in yesterday’s race. >

United Autosports also finished second in the LMP3 championship, after Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley in the #3 AERO Ligier JS P320 finished third in yesterday’s race and second today.

Completing their 1-2-3 podium lockout was the #2 crew of Ian Loggie, Andy Meyrick and Rob Wheldon, who crossed the line third in today’s race after a DNF yesterday. The trio also finished fourth in the championship standings at the end of the four race series.

United Autosports Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 championship win follows their record breaking year in 2020 where they won the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the European Le Mans Series in both LMP2 and LMP3. Over the course of the four race series, held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Autosports scored three wins, three pole positions and eight podiums.

The next race for the team is the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, held on 18-20 March.

“What a result today with the 1-2-3, the championship win and a championship second place. A great way to start the year following on from our awesome season in 2020. Very proud of the whole team today after a tough couple of weeks for them all. They certainly deserve this.”

“Winning the Asian Le Mans Series has rounded off an incredible 12 months for the team. I am super proud of all the drivers and all the team, including those who have been following back home. To finish the final race with a podium lockout is a testament the the professionalism of all involved.”

Race 1 Result: DNF
Race 2 Result: P3
Championship position: P4

Ian Loggie:
“It’s great to be part of the team today. An awesome result for United Autosports finishing 1-2-3 on the podium and congratulations to them on winning the championship with the #23 car too.

Andy Meyrick:

“Amazing for the team – I’m so happy and proud of them after an amazing effort over the course of the championship with a 1-2-3. Delighted for car 23, they’ve done an amazing job throughout the championship and in today’s race. I’m really happy with our crew – Rob and Ian did an amazing job as teammates. I’m just super proud of everyone today.”

Rob Wheldon:
“The car was fantastic for the race today and United made the right calls. I’m just disappointed with the penalties we received that denied us the race win. But overall it’s been a fantastic experience and an awesome team result to take all three places on the podium today. Well done to the #23 crew on the championship win.”

Race 1 Result: P3
Race 2 Result: P2
LMP3 Championship runners up

Jim McGuire:
“I can’t believe this weekend. It’s been absolutely mega. Race one was really tough. I got jammed up into the first corner and ended up dropping back into the GT cars but I had some good battles with the pros in those cars. Duncan and Andrew pushed hard and we ended up on the podium which was an amazing result after how hard the start of the race was. Today I got a good start. I stayed clean and handed over to Andrew who did a mega job as did Duncan and then we ended up P2, which was fantastic. An amazing result after all the hard work the team have done and not just over the last three weeks out here. It was great for us to bring the car home to take second place as well as United finishing first, second and third and winning the championship. Fantastic!”

Duncan Tappy:
“What can I say? Second in the Asian Le Mans Series championship for the #3 crew. It was great to give the team that result, along with the championship win for the #23 crew. Three out of four podiums for us as well. I think we did a really good job and worked together really well. Jim has really upped his game this season and it’s been a great team effort. It was the perfect test session for us heading into the European Le Mans Series. I can’t wait to get going. Thank you to every single person from United working relentlessly for the last three weeks. It’s been a gruelling schedule for everyone with some really late nights and early mornings so thank you to the whole team.”

Andrew Bentley:
“We came second in the race today and second in the championship, which is just awesome! We came here as a pre season test really. Our expectations were positive and we were hopeful of some strong results but to come away with second in the championship and finishing on the podium in three out of four races is pretty extraordinary. Both Duncan and Jim did great. A huge thanks to the whole United team, especially the guys on car #3. It’s been a tough couple of weeks and they didn’t drop the ball once so an awesome effort all round. Huge thanks to Jim, United, Richard and Zak. To finish the final round of the championship with a championship win and second place for us, but to have all three United cars on the podium as well is just an extraordinary thing. A real boost for the team. I’m looking forward to ELMS now.”

Race 1 Result: DNF
Race 2 Result: P1
LMP3 Champions

Manuel Maldonado:
“It’s amazing to get the championship and the win in the last race. It was a bit chaotic with the DNF yesterday making it a little bit harder. But I’m over the moon, the team have done a fantastic job. It has been amazing to share the car with Rory and Wayne over the last two weekends and to join United Autosports. I feel like I’m already part of the family so I can’t wait for the start of the European series. Massive thanks to Richard, Zak and United for giving me this opportunity. It was great to get the win to seal the championship.”

Wayne Boyd:
“What a day. My 50th race with United. A race win and the Asian Le Mans Series Championship win – it couldn’t have gone any better. A fantastic job by everyone. Both Rory and Manuel did great stints and the guys gave us a fantastic car – everyone played their part. Fantastic for United to have a podium lockout. It’s not very often you see that and it speaks volumes about the team. They’ve done a phenomenal job throughout this series and they always do. A huge thanks to everyone.”

Rory Penttinen:

“A super day. We did the job we needed to do today. I had a good start, but we had to contend with the safety car periods, but after that we led a lot of the race. Both Manuel and Wayne did the job and we came home with a win. We worked hard for it today. It’s super to have three wins out of four and the championship too. It’s my first championship win too so huge thank you to United Autosports, Richard and Zak. I’m really so happy. I hope I can come back and race with United Autosports again.”

United Autosports is one of the fastest growing motorsport teams in Europe and competes globally in numerous sports-prototype categories worldwide. Based near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK, the team is co-owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown and former racing driver Richard Dean. United has competed in multiple championships, with a vast range of world renowned drivers including former double World F1 Champion Fernando Alonso, ex-CART Champion and Indy 500 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya, F1 driver Lando Norris and former DTM Champion Paul Di Resta.

The team was formed in 2010 and initially contested a prestigious GT championship in Europe. After being a front-running British GT Championship team for four years, they have since branched out into racing sports prototypes globally. They are multiple race and championship winners having won the 2016, 2017 and 2020 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Championships as well as the 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Championship and the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Championship. In 2020 they won the FIA World Endurance Championship a round early in their debut year as well as claiming victory in the 2020 European Le Mans Series LMP2 Championship. The team’s success extends to finishing on the Le Mans 24 Hours podium in 2018 in only their second attempt at the French endurance classic, while only two years later, they reached the top step of the Le Mans 24 Hours podium after winning the race in style.

2021 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions
2020 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions
2020 European Le Mans Series LMP2 Champions
2020 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 winners
2019/2020 FIA World Endurance LMP2 Champions
2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series Champions
2017 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions
2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions

Aside from their modern racing activities, United Autosports also restore and maintain a huge range of rare historic race cars, from Formula One and Indy Cars to iconic sports cars. Their historic motorsport division enters races in the UK, Europe and across the world.

United Autosports have come to know many of the world’s leading motorsport manufacturers throughout their various global racing programmes. They are now proud suppliers of some of these companies, all being expertly catered for under the United Autosports name. Through their relationship with Jim McGuire, they became UK agents for AERO Sustainable Paint Technology in 2017, while in 2019, they added HRX racewear and Stilo helmets to the extensive portfolio of companies they represent.