Today, United Autosports confirmed that Will Owen will continue his racing career with the team in 2018 running the full season of the European Le Mans Series as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The twenty-two year-old rounded out 2017 with his best season of racing after finishing second in the LMP2 ELMS Championship. Owen also finished fifth overall and fourth in the LMP2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in what was his first ever appearance in the prestigious race.
Owen will find himself behind the wheel of the Ligier JS P217 for the first time in 2018 during the official test for the Rolex 24 Hours – the ROAR before the 24 – on January 5-7th, 2018. British driver Paul Di Resta and two other unconfirmed co-drivers will join Owen in Daytona and his teammates for the full ELMS season will be announced soon.
“After one of the best seasons of my life, I am ecstatic to be signing with United again for 2018. Many can see from the outside how successful United Autosports is, but the greatness of the team goes much deeper than that. It’s nice to be able to continue the good relationships that we have started this year. ELMS next year will be at least as competitive as it has been in 2017, so we will have to step up our game as a team to continue winning. I am confident that we can go beyond that and even what we imagined at the start of this 2017. Having a second car to work with will also be an advantage for everyone. All the drivers will be able to work together to make our package the best it can be. The start of the season is still a long way away from now, but preparation is already beginning.”
“I’m really pleased to welcome Will back to the team for 2018. He showed real promise in his first year with us and learnt a lot from co-driver Filipe, so going into next year knowing the car and the circuits will be of great benefit to him. I’m looking forward to seeing him become a real pro.”
“Welcoming Will back to the team is a real pleasure as he has been great to work with all year. Two wins in his LMP2 debut and a top five finish at Le Mans are great results for someone in their first year of prototype racing. Moving into his second year will allow him to establish himself as a pro driver as he will take what he has learnt this year in preparation for Daytona, ELMS and Le Mans next year.”