Championship Title Still in Sight With One Race Left in 2017
Francorchamps, Belgium – September 25, 2017 – Will Owen and United Autosports are still capable of winning the championship title of the 2017 European Le Mans Series after finishing fourth at the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend.
Finishing only seventeen seconds behind first place, United Autosports experienced the wrath of racing as the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was plagued with several yellow flags and safety car deployments. Starting from fourth, Hugo De Sadeleer charged the #32 Ligier JS P217 through the field and held the lead his whole stint.
Sadeleer handed over the #32 to Will Owen in what ended up being a clean stint. It wasn’t until Owen was in the car when the mess of yellow flags began to ensue. The American dealt with the race conditions while managing his rear tires and fighting off the competition.
In their usual order, Filipe Albuquerque closed the race and hit the worst luck of all three drivers during the last full course yellow. The Portuguese’s timing on track did not mix well with the deployment of the safety car and when he was finally able to run free he made up ten seconds between himself and third place. Only half a second off third place, the two cars crossed the finish line with United Autosports in fourth.
Despite finishing fourth, Will Owen and United Autosports still have championship leaders, G-Drive Racing sweating with only eighteen points separating them from the European Le Mans Series Championship title for 2017. The final round of the season will take place in Filipe Albuquereque’s back yard in Portimao, Portugal on October 22, 2017.
Driver – Will Owen
“It was a tricky day here at Spa. There were good and bad things about our performance, but I think the team did a pretty good job all in all. Things just didn’t quite work out for us luck wise. We had some bad luck with the yellow flags and safety cars. The tire wear made the car tough to drive, but we kept pushing. We all learned a lot from this race and the good news is that it’s still possible to win in Portugal and we can still win the championship.”