Former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta will race with United Autosports in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the full 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The Scotsman completes the team’s line-up for both Le Mans and its upcoming debut WEC season, joining United’s regulars Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque who have shared a Ligier JS P217 in the past two ELMS seasons.
Di Resta has teamed with Hanson and United Autosports before, most recently in the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series where they claimed the title on their first attempt.
“I’m really happy to be continuing with United Autosports for Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship,” said di Resta.
“After bringing the first LMP2 championship to the team [in last year’s AsLMS], the obvious next step is to move into the world championship. It’s good the driver line-up is a familiar one, with Filipe being part of it too. It’s definitely a challenge I am up for.
“We have a little bit of time to prepare, but I think that United are more than capable of taking it on.”
Richard Dean, co-owner of United Autosports, is optimistic about the team’s maiden WEC campaign.
“Our debut in the [WEC] is an exciting step for our team, and I now believe our driver line-up is as strong as anyone’s out there. Paul has been a valuable member of the team since he first raced for us in the Daytona 24 Hours, and he contributed greatly to our collecting our maiden LMP2 title in the Asian Le Mans Series.
“Paul is a quality driver who, in the eyes of many, could still be doing a great job in F1. It is a sign of how far we have come to be able to attract drivers of his caliber, and it made perfect sense to add him to our WEC line up. He works well with Phil and Filipe, and I’m feeling very positive going into our first world championship season.”
United Autosports is one of two teams to confirm an LMP2 entry in this year’s WEC. The other is Cetilar Racing, which will be making the step up from the European Le Mans Series.