July 23, 2019 – Barcelona, Spain – Will Owen finished 8th at the 4 Hours of Barcelona, the first night race of the Europeans Le Mans Series with United Autosports in the LMP2 category.
Teammate, Alex Brundle took on qualifying and placed the No. 32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 in 12th place for the start of the 4-hour race. The green flag waved at 6:30 p.m. and sent the field of 41 cars off into the Spanish sunset. Ryan Cullen was behind the wheel for the first stint and was able to move up to 8th on the opening lap.
Cullen pitted under a full course yellow in 9th place to hand the No. 32 over to Owen who had to serve a 15-second penalty for an on-track infringement which happened earlier in the race dropping him down to 11th at the halfway mark. Brundle took over from Owen for the final laps and the No. 32 found itself behind their sister car – the No. 22 and ultimately placed 8th and 9th respectively and ended up the best-placed Ligiers.
Owen will head back to the United States to rejoin Juncos Racing for simluator work in preparation for the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Will Owen – Driver
“I just went out there and drove and didn’t really keep track of what was going on around me. The car was pretty good. I just pushed and drove, and it seemed like it was okay. It wasn’t easy out there. I really struggled with the heat at the beginning, and I have done some hot races recently, and I was alright. I felt nauseous during the Safety Car period, which I have never had before.”