Portugal’s Filipe Albuquerque will log plenty of air miles in 2018 with dual championship signings in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the European Le Mans Series, United Autosports confirmed today.
For Albuquerque, who will partner with countryman Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R next season, returning with UA in the ELMS – and the 24 Hours of Le Mans – during the open weekends between IMSA events is the perfect solution.
“I’m really happy to be able to continue working with United Autosports,” he said. “I have found a real family here and it was amazing to be working with them in 2017. When they proposed that we should work together again in 2018, I was excited, especially as they have managed to combine their ELMS program with my IMSA commitments so we will be aiming for the championship win.
“Phil Hanson will be fantastic – he has some experience already in the ELMS and he has raced at Le Mans. We will be covering a lot of points in testing to make him faster and faster. I’m really happy to be with the team again – I will be working really hard to get the title for them in 2018.”
UA owner Zak Brown is confident in Albuquerque’s abilities to groom educate the young Briton.
“I’m really pleased we’ve managed to retain Filipe for the 2018 season,” he said. “He’s been an important part of United Autosports in 2017 so to continue with him for a second year is fantastic. He will continue to pass on his invaluable knowledge to Phil and I think the pair will work really well together.”