Thursday, August 26, 2010

United Autosports Making TRAX To Silverstone For Annual Performance Show

·       Premier Leeds-based GT racing team set to make its mark for enthusiasts

Leeds-based United Autosports showcases its fantastic sportscar team at TRAX, the ultimate performance car event which takes place at Silverstone on Sunday 5th September.
Spectators can get up close and personal with the team’s spectacular 190mph Audi R8 LMS GT sportscar in a pit garage which is set-up to replicate how it appeared at the legendary Spa 24 Hour endurance race last month – complete with tyre and refuelling equipment. The team claimed superb third and fourth places in the GT3 category on its 24 hour race début – the highest-placed British team.
United Autosports’ stunningly liveried transporter plus two Audi A5 Sportback roadcars, resplendent in the team’s white, blue and red livery will also be on display. The Audi R8 LMS will also be part of the “’supercar” track demonstration at midday so spectators will get the chance to hear the distinctive growl of the Audi’s V10 engine.
There will also be competitions on the day which will give the lucky winners a “hot” lap in an A5 driven by team co-owner Richard Dean and young British driver Matt Bell who is carving out a name for himself in European GT sportscar racing. Both will sign autographs at special “Meet the Team” sessions.
“It will be great to show off our R8 sportscars fresh from our Spa success!” confirmed Dean. “Silverstone is where we started our 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship season back in May so it will be nice to go back there having travelled around various mainland European circuits for the last four hectic months.”
TRAX is the ultimate performance car event, offering car enthusiasts more action, more metal and more entertainment than any other show; and as the traditional big end of season event, no performance car fan should miss it. With some of the most impressive clubs in the country in attendance and over 4,500 performance cars on display, as well as 10,000 sqm of tuning retail space, TRAX is the ultimate day out for any performance car enthusiast!  
Gates open at 9am on Sunday September 5th. Tickets cost £17 in advance, or £20 on the gate. Track time costs £30, with passenger tickets at £10. Under 14's free with an accompanying paying adult.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

United Autosports Outlines Ambitious Growth Plans for 2011

·       Two-car Audi R8 LMS entry planned for full British GT and FIA GT3 European Championship campaigns next season
·       Prestigious European twice-around-the-clock races at Nürburgring and Spa also on provisional schedule for Audi “official” customer team

United Autosports has ambitious plans for its second season by expanding its current Audi “official” customer program in 2011.
In addition to the FIA GT3 European Championship which the American-owned team has focused upon in its first year of competition, the Leeds (England) based team intends to enter a brace of Audi R8 LMS GT3 sports cars in the British GT Championship.
The team also plans to contest two “classic” endurance 24 Hour races, at the Nürburgring (Germany) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), United Autosports placing third and fourth in GT3 in its maiden 24 hour race at Spa earlier this month.
Richard Dean, Managing Director & Co-Owner of United Autosports, confirmed: “United Autosports will continue in the FIA series but aims to complement this with a full British GT series campaign. Matt Bell has built a relationship with us at national level and is now doing a great job for us in the FIA series.
“It also makes sense to race in the UK as we’re based in Leeds. We already have a major UK sponsor [West London Audi] and are in negotiation with other potential ‘home’ sponsors. United Autosports made its race début in the British GT Championship. I’ve been very impressed with the quality and professionalism of the British series and look forward to regularly being a part of it next season.” 
Zak Brown, Chairman & Co-Owner of United Autosports, added: “In addition to the FIA GT3 European Championship and British GT Championship programs, we aim to contest the Nürburgring and Spa 24 Hour races with the Audi R8 LMS.
“We’ve been extremely happy with the support United Autosports has received from Audi in our first year. We want to be a part of the German manufacturer’s customer plans again next year in preparation for an even bigger schedule that I’m aiming to achieve for 2012 and beyond.”

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Catching Up Again With Zak Brown -

We last had the opportunity to take time out with United Autosports co-owner and sports marketing powerhouse Zak Brown at the opening race weekend of the FIA GT3 European Championship at Silverstone so when we sat down again at Spa there was plenty to catch up with.

First things first Zak – It’s been a tough first season so far for the team – are you happy with progress?

“On balance I’d say I’m pleased with our progress but perhaps disappointed that our initial expectations were a little unrealistic."

“We probably underestimated the competition and we fell a little foul of the fact that any new team takes time to get so we did suffer a lot of penalties at first – In fact we had a penalty of one sort or another at each of our first four FIA GT3 races!"

“We thought we’d be competing for top ten positions, even the odd podium but the team weren’t ready for that and the Balance of Performance meant that even if we had been the Audis were struggling!"

“That’s changed now and we have some of our power back and we’re racing well now – In fact I think we’ll finish the season where I’d initially hoped we’d start it from, with Top ten finishes."

(Speaking before the Spa 24 Hours)
“I think we’re ready now to take the next step forward and I believe there’s a result here for us – A podium is a real possibility.”
2011 Plans
So what else is on the cards for United?
“Well in 2011 the main programme is still the FIA GT3 Championship but we will do some one-off races at the end of the season (believed by dsc to include the Macao GT Masters race and (subject to an agreement with the ACO) the Asian Le Mans Series race at Zhuhai, both with the team’s Audi R8 LMS."

“For 2011 we will be staying with the Audis, we’re really pleased with them, and we have already signed 3 of the 4 drivers we’ll need for FIA GT3."

“Mark Patterson has re-signed for next year and we are looking for a driver to partner him."

“Beyond that we’re looking at a 2 car entry for a full season of British GT too with the Audi plus the Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour races (again with the Audis) and the Britcar 24 Hours with the Ginetta for Richard, myself and Matt (Bell).

“We don’t forget either that we are a team with deep US roots and we’d like to take the Audis to do Sebring and PLM in 2011, again though we need to see how IMSA decide on the eligibility of the cars."

Rolex and Le Mans
"Beyond that I own part of Coyote (with Eddie Cheever) and we’re looking to put a programme together for the Rolex 24 with a new car.  I’ve talked to Jeff Gordon and he’s interested."

"I am still interested in racing at Le Mans but with no way in there for the cars that we are running it creates a bit of a challenge about how to do it!"

“It is one of the frustrating parts of the sport – For the race, and a supporting programme, to make sense the rule makers need to pick their rules – and then stick to them – Otherwise it gets expensive and very difficult to maintain. ”

So beyond 2011 where do you now see the team’s direction?

“In 2012 we’ll be in GT1 – definitely and we’ll continue to have a programme in GT3 as well."

“I won’t drive in GT1, I’m simply not good enough to be competitive.  We’ll be looking for a ‘rock-star’ pro, somebody you can get some marketing push behind, to partner Matt Bell.”

Clearly you’re impressed with Matt?

“Very much so – he’s quick, he’s calm and he is clearly a star in the making – The realities of the sport though mean that you have to have an established ‘name’ alongside to make a package work in marketing terms."

“We haven’t made any decision yet on what we’ll run in GT1, it’s too early for that – but we’d certainly consider running a second marque alongside the Audis if necessary.”

GT1 Title Sponsor

Finally Zak – you told us at Silverstone that your company had been retained to source and deliver a title sponsor for the GT1 World Championship – How’s that going?

“It’s going very well – We’re midway through the first season of a new Championship and things are coming together."

“The Bloomberg TV element of the coverage is proving to be very interesting to some big blue chip companies."

“I’m very bullish, very confident about having something done for the start of the 2011 season and that would not be a one year deal – This is the kind of deal where it needs to be a three year programme to make sense.”
The 24 Hours that followed this interview delivered a fine result at Spa for United with a class podium and both cars in the overall top 10.

Open, honest and realistic – The sport needs more like Zak Brown moving and shaking.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

United Autosports Chief Turns Back The Clock At Monterey Historic Meets

·       United Autosports claims wins in North America and England over same weekend

Stefan Johansson shares some last minute advice with Zak Brown (in car) at Monterey

United Autosports Co-Owner Zak Brown immediately turned the clock back after helping his new GT team achieve a magnificent podium place on its 24 hour race début.

The American entrepreneur returned to the US after placing third in the GT3 category of the Spa 24 Hours (Jul 31-Aug 1) to compete over two consecutive weekends at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The Californian track played host to the Monterey Pre-Historics (Aug 7-8) and then the four-day Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Aug 12-15) which saw tens of thousands of spectators attend to view a mouth-watering collection of over 600 historic automobiles racing on the world famous 2.238-mile Laguna circuit just as they did "back in their day."
Zak Brown exits the famous Corkscrew section of the Laguna Seca circuit in his McLaren M28. Ulsterman John Watson achieved third-place in the 1979 Argentine Grand Prix and also sixth in the Belgian GP in this actual car

Brown raced his ex-John Watson 1979 McLaren MP28 to sixth place after qualifying ninth at the Pre-Historics event. Last weekend Zak qualified 11th and finished ninth in a quality 36-car field at the Reunion meet for 1966-1983 Formula One machines – the highest-placed McLaren Formula One machine.

Meanwhile “Super Swede” Stefan Johansson, who had placed the “sister” United Autosports Audi R8 LMS GT3 sports car fourth at Spa, qualified in pole-position, led every lap and won the 1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP Race in Brown’s 1986 Porsche 962 IMSA GTP car.

This particular car won five races in its heyday and was driven mainly by Price Cobb and Rob Dyson. Brown was joined at Laguna by Historic Motorsports Productions LLC (HMP) partner Bobby Rahal who also raced some of his cars. Brown teamed up with Rahal plus Peter Stoneberg earlier this year to welcome in HMP’s new era of vintage motor racing.

Stefan Johansson (Sw) drove Zak Brown’s 1986 Porsche 962 to victory at Monterey. The 962 is one of the most successful sports cars in history, accumulating 54 wins in IMSA competition alone, 40 of which came between 1985-87. This particular Porsche won its début race at the Six Hours of Riverside (1986).
“Coming off the back of our incredible Spa achievement, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last two weekends at Monterey,” confirmed Brown. “It’s always a privilege to get behind the wheel of the McLaren and to be racing it at Laguna doesn’t get much better. Stefan [Johansson] drove brilliantly to dominate his race event while the entire atmosphere last weekend was just awesome.”

While Johansson was winning in the United Autosports entered Porsche at Laguna, its European operation were chalking up win number one in England. Brothers Rob and Matt Bell joined forces for the first time and duly claimed a class victory in a two-hour, two-driver British GT Championship race at Silverstone (August 15).

The Bells scored a comfortable one-lap G4 category win in the 120mins race which marked not only their respective débuts in the British GT series but also the first time either had raced a G4 class Ginetta G50 entered and prepared by United Autosports. Matt, aged 21, co-drives with Zak Brown in the FIA GT3 European Championship at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS.

Englishman Richard Dean, Brown’s fellow co-owner of United Autosports, remarked: “It’s very pleasing for United Autosports to achieve its first class win in the British GT Championship on only our second outing in the series and our first with the Ginetta. Matt and Rob faced some very experienced Ginetta drivers and we came out on top.”

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bell Brothers Victorious On British GT Championship Race Début

·       Matt & Rob Bell race same car for first time to a one-lap G4 class victory
·       United Autosports claims maiden BGT win with Ginetta G50 in two-hour race
Matt (left) and Rob Bell earned United Autosports the G4 class British GT Championship winner’s spoils at Silverstone

Rob and Matt Bell joined forces for the first time and duly claimed a class victory in a two-hour, two-driver Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at Silverstone today (August 15).

The Bells, who were born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, scored a comfortable one-lap G4 category win in the 120mins race which marked not only their respective débuts in the British GT series but also the first time either had raced a G4 class Ginetta G50 entered and prepared by Leeds-based United Autosports.

Rob set his fastest time on the third lap in the 30-minute qualifying session the previous day just before rain fell in earnest which meant the Bells lined-up on the 11th row, fifth fastest in class on the 25-car grid. Significantly, the United Autosports Ginetta posted the second fastest time in class in the raceday “warm-up”, Rob exactly matching his qualifying time.

Matt began the two-hour race staged on the 3.195-mile “Bridge” Grand Prix circuit and was up to third in class after 30mins and led on the one hour mark. He handed over to Rob on lap 32 placed second in class (seventh overall) during the pit-stop phase – the United Autosports Ginetta handicapped by a 45secs time penalty due to two-time GT Le Mans Series champion Rob Bell being graded a “platinum” class driver by race organisers.

The Bell United Autosports Ginetta G50 swept in to the lead on the final lap when the similar Century Motorsports car pitted to serve a penalty following an earlier pit-stop infringement. Making it a perfectly memorable day for the Bell family, Steve, the father of Rob and Matt, finished 20th in two Ginetta Challenge races over the weekend at the same venue.

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Rob (left) and Matt Bell shared a United Autosports Ginetta G50 in a two-hour Avon Tyres British GT Championship race 

#53 Remington – Ginetta G50
Qualifying: 5th (G4 class) / 21st (overall) Rob Bell, 2m 02.898s. Weather: Damp/wet, cloudy/rain.
Race Result: 1st (G4 class) / 15th (overall). Weather: Dry/bright.

Matthew Bell (GB). Age: 20. Born: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear. 
Lives: Barningham nr Richmond, North Yorkshire:
“I made a good start, probably the best one I’ve made all year, and overtook two cars at the first corner. I was quicker through the corners than the Century Motorsport Ginetta, which was ultimately disqualified, but it had got the legs on me on the straights, I guess because he was running a low fuel load as he pitted long before me. I was getting hot in the car and so pitted for Rob to take over a little sooner than we’d planned after around 70mins. It was a great experience racing alongside Rob – I feel I learned a lot this weekend. It’s been a month since my last FIA GT3 European Championship race and it’s another month before my next one so it was important to get behind the wheel of a racecar again to keep my hand in.”

Rob Bell (GB). Age: 31. Born: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear. 
Lives: St Helens, Lancashire:
“We knew it would be tough with Matt’s relative lack of experience in a Ginetta – a car which was completely new to me. But we didn’t panic, Matt & I just got our heads down and focussed on having a clean race with no incidents. Matt drove a very good opening stint and everything went to plan in terms of staying out of trouble and making a good, clean pit-stop thanks to the United Autosports team. It was great to share a car with him [Matt] and I’d love to do so again in the future.”

Richard Dean (GB), Managing Director & Co-Owner of United Autosports:
“It’s very pleasing for United Autosports to achieve its first class win in the British GT Championship on only our second outing in the series and our first with the Ginetta. With us getting a 45secs pit-stop time penalty, the only way that we could have won today, against very stiff opposition, was if the race had featured a Safety Car period or if one of our rivals made a mistake and the latter is what happened. We had a good clean race and made no mistakes. Matt and Rob faced some very experienced Ginetta drivers today and we came out on top.”

Ginetta G50 G4 Specifications

Engine: Ford V6, 3500cc, power 300bhp. 
Transmission: Quaife six-speed sequential gearbox with flat shift. 
Rear-wheel-drive. Weight: 1,250kg

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

United Autosports Claim Magnificent Top-Three Finish On 24 Hour Race Début

·       American-owned outfit is best-placed Audi “customer” team in Spa 24 Hours
·       United Autosports’ Audi R8 LMS sports cars net third & fourth in GT3 category
·       Power steering issue in closing stages costs #68 Audi likely GT3 class honors

United Autosports claimed a podium finish on its maiden 24 Hour race appearance. (Left to right) Zak Brown, Mark Blundell, Eddie Cheever and Richard Dean celebrate third place in GT3 at the Spa 24 Hours on the winner‟s rostrum today (Aug 1)

United Autosports scored a stunning top-three GT3 rostrum finish on the American-owned team’s 24 Hour race début when Mark Blundell (GB), Zak Brown (US), Eddie Cheever (US) and Richard Dean (GB) steered their Audi R8 LMS home into third place in the annual and historic Spa 24 Hours this weekend (Jul 31-Aug 1).

The Leeds (GB)-based team’s “sister” Audi of Emil Assentato (US), Stefan Johansson (Sw), Alain Li (F) and Mark Patterson (US) added to United Autosports’ superb achievement by finishing fourth in class, the team’s brace of R8 LMS GT3 sports cars claiming ninth and 10th overall in the 40-car field.
A power steering issue on the #68 Audi of Blundell/Brown/Cheever/Dean, just four hours from the finish with Cheever poised to re-take the class lead, cost them a possible GT3 victory following a lengthy pit-stop for repairs.

At one-quarter distance, the #68 and #67 United Autosports cars were placed fifth and 10th in class respectively – the latter surviving two harmless spins. Cheever’s 128min stint saw him remain on “slick” dry weather tires, the American reveling in the treacherously slippery conditions as rain fell in varying degrees of intensity which saw the #68 hovering just outside the top-three.

With 6hr 25m gone Dean, who had qualified 10th in class on Thursday evening and who had begun the race, was up to third in the #68 (9th overall) with Johansson, who qualified the #67 Audi 13th, eighth as heavy rain fell.

The #68 Audi enjoyed a relatively trouble-free night apart from a puncture and lay third (eighth overall) in the 16th hour in contrast to the “sister” #67 Audi which endured a more eventful night. Assentato visited the gravel trap at Les Combes twice, the second resulting in a Safety Car to retrieve the Audi (0115hr), Li suffered a harmless spin, Patterson contacted a backmarker necessitating an 11mins pit-stop for bodywork repairs (0324hr) while Johansson had a puncture (0445). Despite these dramas, Li was sixth (14th overall) at 0800hr.

Blundell swept the #68 into second place (sixth overall) during the pit-stop phase shortly before three-quarter distance (1000hr) prior to his own scheduled stop, with Patterson placed fifth (12th). But the honor of taking the GT3 class lead (fifth overall) for the first time fell appropriately to United Autosports’ Chairman & Co-Owner Brown 19hrs into the race (1100).

With four hours remaining, Cheever and Assentato lay second (sixth overall) and fourth (10th) in class but moments later Cheever in the #68 Audi and poised to re-take the GT3 lead, Cheever controlled a massive “moment” exiting the high speed Eau Rouge, a power steering issue diagnosed after two subsequent pit-stops costing 43mins and dropping the #68 to third in class (ninth overall) – one place ahead of the “sister” car – with three hours remaining.

#67 Cerutti / FXDD / Roger Dubuis Watches / Road & Track / Legends of Motorsports / LG Electronics – Audi R8 LMS

HOURLY OVERALL/GT3 CLASS POSITIONS: Driver rotations SJ/EA/AL/MP. Start Pos 21st/13th; 1hr 25th/14th; 2hrs 24th/14th; 3hrs 18th /10th; 4hrs 18th/10th; 5hrs 17th/9th; 6hrs 19th/10th; 7hrs 17th/9th; 8hrs 17th/9th; 9hrs 17th/9th; 10hrs 18th/9th; 11hrs 18th/10th; 12hrs 18th/9th; 13hrs 17th/8th; 14hrs 16th/7th; 15hrs 14th/6th; 16hrs 14th/6th; 17hrs 12th/5th; 18hrs 12th/5th; 19hrs 11th/5th; 20hrs 10th/4th; 21hrs 10th/4th; 22hrs 10th/4th; 23hrs 10th/4th; FINISH 10th/4th

Emil Assentato (USA).Age: 61. Born: New York City, N.Y., USA. Lives: Locust Valley, N.Y., USA:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: None. Other 24Hr races: Daytona (2000 26th, 2001 34th o/a/9th, 2002 28th/10th, 2004 37th/16th, 2005 11th/2nd. 2006 21st/10th. 2007 19th/7th, 2008 13th/5th, 2009 17th/9th, 2010 28th/16th).
“I feel exuberated – it‟s a great result for our car – on my first 24 Hour race in Europe. My first stint which was in the dry, was conservative, getting to know the track and the car. The second stint was okay then I was in again for the night hours. After pitting for „slicks‟ on the drying track, I spun into the gravel trap exiting Les Combes on my „out‟ lap. But with just three laps remaining in that stint, I became over confident and spun at La Combes again, losing about three laps while I got towed out of the sand trap. That was disappointing because I let the team down. Later on Sunday I had a much better stint and was much happier with my lap times. The track was hot with plenty of rubber down for my last stint resulting in the car „pushing‟ a lot while the brakes were going off. You always think as a driver you‟re prepared for a 24 hour race but in reality you never are.”

Stefan Johansson (Sw).
Age: 53. Born: Växjö, Sweden. Lives: Los Angeles, California, USA:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Début August 9 1981 (F2/14th). F1 (1983, 85-91 – 1986/3rd, 1987/2nd), F2 (1981-2 – pole-position 1982/F2), GpC (1982-4), 1,000km sports cars (1988/1st). Last race at Spa: August 19 2007 (LMS/Ret). Other 24Hr races: Le Mans (1983/6th, 1984, 1990, 1991/6th, 1992/5th, 1997/1st, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003/3rd, 2006, 2007, 2008). Daytona (2000 23rd, 2002 36th/13th, 2005/4th, 2006/22nd).

“The first goal in any 24 hour race always has to be to get both cars home and that’s exactly what United Autosports did. I started the race and managed to get past the #68 Audi but then had a big, big ‘tank slapper’ of a spin at Blanchimont caused by debris and gravel on the track. My second and third stints were good. We had no technical glitches to speak of with our car. I’d love to race this Audi again.”

Alain Li (F).
Age: 50. Born: Caen, France. Lives: Hong Kong:

Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Début 1998, Ferrari Challenge Series (1994-8). Last race at Spa: 1998. Other 24Hr races: None.

“It’s been an eventful 24 hour race début for me as you’d expect – especially at a place like Spa – and an incredible experience. I steadily picked up speed throughout my stints. I had to contend with light and heavier rain on “slicks” in my first stint. My second stint in darkness was a little chaotic. I was spun around at La Source by a slower car I was lapping, thankfully without damage to the car, but then had another spin. I was really pleased with my third stint, setting some good times and gaining places. To summarize a fantastic opportunity with a great team.”

Mark Patterson (USA).
Age:58. Born: Port Elizabeth, S Africa. Lives: Bronxville, N.Y., USA:
Spa 24Hr: 2009 17th o/a (Ferrari 430 GT3). Spa History: Début 2001. Lamborghini Super Trophy (2001). Last race at Spa 2009 (24hrs). Other 24Hr races: Daytona (2004 38th/13th, 2005 23rd/14th, 2006/2nd, 2007/9th, 2008/6th, 2009/41st, 2010/7th)

“I was fourth in to the car after Stefan, Emil and Alain and despite a spin early on, settled myself in quickly after that balletic move. I was back in the car in the early hours and was hit as I attempted to lap a backmarker at La Source causing left side rear bodywork damage which earned us a pit-stop for repairs. I was very happy with my third stint, a double, setting good, consistent times.”

#68 Remington / Singapore Exchange / Road & Track / Legends of Motorsports / LG Electronics – Audi R8 LMS

HOURLY OVERALL/GT3 POSITIONS: Driver rotations: RD/MB/ZB/EC. Start Pos 16th/10th; 1hr 22nd/12th ; 2hrs 9th/3rd ; 3hrs 12th/6th; 4hrs 15th/7th; 5hrs 14th/6th; 6hrs 12th/5th; 7hrs 9th/3rd; 8hrs 9th/3rd; 9hrs 7th/3rd; 10hrs 7th/3rd; 11hrs 8th/4th; 12hrs 10th/4th; 13hrs 10th/4th; 14hrs 12th/6th; 15hrs 9th/4th; 16hrs 9th/4th; 17hrs 7th/3rd; 18hrs 6th/2nd; 19hrs 5th/1st; 20hrs 6th/2nd; 21hrs 9th /3rd; 22hrs 9th/3rd; 23hrs 9th/3rd; FINISH 9th/3rd

Mark Blundell (GB). 
Age: 44. Born: Barnet, England. Lives: Royston, England:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Début May 16 1987 (F3000/2nd). F3000 (1987-89 – 1987/2nd), F1 (1991-95 – 91 scored first-ever F1 point, 94/5th, 95/5th), sportscars (1989/3rd). Last race at Spa: August 27 1995 F1/5th. Other 24Hr races: Le Mans (1989, 1990, 1992/1st, 1995/4th, 2001, 2002, 2003/2nd).

“I'm a little disappointed with only third place after leading GT3 and when a win looked realistic but that‟s endurance racing. It looked like a win, I had one moment when another car hit me during the race. Double-stinting [approximately 140mins] after seven years out or a racecar has been tough. I must admit I'm tired. The team has done a tremendous job to get onto the winners' rostrum in its first 24 hour race and I'm personally very happy to be in the best-placed Audi.”

Zak Brown (USA). 
Age: 38. Born: Los Angeles, California, USA. Lives: Carmel, Indiana, USA:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Opel Lotus Formula (1993/3rd). Other 24Hr races: BritCar (GB), Daytona (1997/8th, 1999, 2000, 2010/33rd o/a/20th) .

“I had a [lazy] spin but in a 24 hour race that’s not too bad! I did a stint and a half to begin with in varying weather conditions on “slicks” and managed to stick it out which was pleasing. On Sunday morning I just wanted to keep out of trouble – I’m glad I wasn’t told I took the GT3 lead as that would’ve been pressure I could do without. I had the honor of bringing the Audi home at the finish. I’m absolutely delighted with what our team has achieved this weekend.”

Eddie Cheever (USA). 
Age: 52. Born: Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Lives: Indianapolis, USA:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Spa début May 22 1983 F1/3rd, F1 (1983, 85-89 – 1983/3rd, 1987/4th, 1988/6th), GpC (1986/5th, 1987/4th. Last race at Spa: 1989/Ret (F1). Other 24Hr races: Le Mans (1980/19th, 1981/8th, 1986/24th, 1987/5th. Daytona (2
006/17th, 2007/32nd)
“The United Autosports team did everything and more than anyone could have expected in its maiden 24 hours. Our strategy, pit-stops and engineering were all good. My first stint, getting in the car after Richard, Mark and Zak was difficult due to the conditions with the track going from wet, drying, getting wetter again etc etc, but that was the same for everyone. With a track as long as this, you get half good and half bad in terms of track conditions so you may as well suck it up and stay out [on slicks] which is what I did. The Audi R8 LMS was very good in those conditions. It has a lot of electronics that helps the driver to use whatever grip is available. That stint allowed us to put a dent in to the others and put us in the game. I didn't have any problems in the second stint. Around lunchtime on Sunday, I had a power steering problem coming out of Eau Rouge and I was lucky not to crash. 

Richard Dean (GB). 
Age: 45. Born & Lives: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England:
Spa 24Hr: Début. Spa History: Début August 29 1992/Ret (F3000). F3000 (1992), FIA GT (1997/24th/12th), British GT (1998/6th/2nd 1999/2nd). Last race at Spa: September 26 1999 (British GT). Other 24Hr races: WillHire (GB), BritCar (GB), Nürburgring, Le Mans (2006/15th/1st, 2007/23rd/5th, 2009), Mondello Park (IRL), Daytona (2010/33rd/20th), Dubai
“The United Autosports did not exist six months ago. To achieve third and fourth places and be the best placed Audi team with both cars finishing, I have to be proud. That said, it's tinged with a little disappointment because a win was beckoning for a while. I started and my opening stint was trouble-free, the balance of the car improved as the stint went on. I then did a double stint behind the wheel in the wet which went well apart from near the end when I was on “wets” and the racing line was bone dry. It was looking like a three stint session in the car next time out but I picked up a punctured left front tire bringing my stint to a finish.”

Audi R8 LMS (Sportscar according to Spa 24 Hour race regulations)
V10 5.2-liter engine, 4 valves per cylinder, petrol direct injection, emission control by two racing catalytic converters, rear-wheel-drive, traction control (ASR), sequential pneumatic activated 6-speed sport gearbox with shift-paddles, Audi Space Frame (ASF) made of aluminum with bolted steel roll-cage, carbon-fiber composite/aluminum bodywork, Michelin radial tires. Start weight 1,335kg. Limitation at 8500rpm for every gear. Developed by Audi Sport with cooperation from quattro GmbH. Won FIA GT3 European Championship, ADAC-GT Masters and Belgian GT Championship plus Nürburgring 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours class victories in début 2009 season scoring a total 23 victories.

24h SPA 2010 Round 1 - Spa-Francorchamps

1     23     GT2     Dumas / Bergmeister / Ragginger / Henzler     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)     24:00:27.341     541     0.000     0

2     16     GT2     Narac / Long / Pilet / Lietz     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)    
24:01:44.163     541     1:16.822     0

3     79     GTN     Werner / Müller / Adorf /     BMW M3    
24:01:34.635     540     1:07.294     0

4     78     GTN     Müller / Lamy / Alzen /     BMW M3    
24:01:31.393     534     1:04.052     0

5     1     GT2     Waltrip / Cadei / Kauffmann / Cioci     Ferrari F430    
24:01:50.763     519     1:23.422     0

6     53     GT3     Häring / Konstantinou / Peyroles / Vannelet     Porsche 911 GT3 R    
24:01:45.255     518     1:17.914     0

7     4     GT2     van Splunteren / Hommerson / Machiels / Bastiaans     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)     24:00:27.995     515     0.654     0

8     99     GT3     Leinders / Martin / Duez /     Ford GT    
24:01:32.261     512     1:04.920     0

9     68     GT3     Blundell / Brown / Dean / Cheever     Audi R8 LMS    
24:02:13.983     503     1:46.642     0

10     67     GT3     Johansson / Li / Patterson / Assentato     Audi R8 LMS    
24:02:59.559     501     2:32.218     0

11     7     GT2     Ashburn / Rosenblad / Asch / Bergmeister     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)    
24:01:29.267     500     1:01.926     0

12     17     GT2     Bourret / Gibon / Belloc / Balandras     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)    
24:01:44.150     498     1:16.809     0

13     73     GT3     Ortelli / Mollekens / Lemeret / Verbist     Audi R8 LMS    
24:01:29.113     497     1:01.772     0

14     71     GT3     Mortimer / Bamford / Griffin /     Ford GT    
24:00:44.225     492     16.884     0

15     60     GT3     Slingerland / Soulet / Schroyen / Menten     Porsche 911 GT3 R    
24:00:29.164     488     1.823     0

16     81     GTN     Grosjean / Radermaecker / Alessi / Marchal     Mosler MT900    
24:00:41.329     466     13.988     0

17     66     GTN     Lichtner Hoyer / Eckert / Seefried / Rich     Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06     24:00:40.972     461     13.631     0

18     56     GT3     Corbel / Duchene / Beroujon / Bernard     BMW Alpina B6 GT3    
24:00:57.783     441     30.442     0

19     58     GTN     van der Straten / Al Azhari / Close / Qvick     Ford Mustang FR500C GT     24:00:28.744     431     1.403     0

20     55     GT3     Brandela / Lesoudier / Prignaud / Stepec     BMW Alpina B6 GT3    
20:49:20.143     417     3:11:07.19     0

21     86     GT3     Andre / Goethe / Wainwright / Demoustier     Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4     24:00:30.600     410     3.259     0

22     59     GT4     Dolan / Hancock / Wills / Twyman     Aston Martin V8 Vantage    
24:04:17.539     376     3:50.198     0

23     85     GT3     Giroix / Fatien / Valentini / Beltoise     Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4    
20:54:15.837     374     3:06:11.50     0

24     70     GT4     Viale / de Coster / NelissenGrade / Renmans     Aston Martin V8 Vantage     24:01:06.569     338     39.228     0

25     69     GT4     Deblauwe / Brugmans / Grandjean / Gerome     Porsche 997 GT3 Cup MY06     24:00:32.876     333     5.535     0

26     64     GT3     Renard / Verbergt / Wauters / van Hooydonk     Aston Martin DBRS9    
22:13:24.385     328     1:47:02.95     0

27     51     GT3     Margaritis / Hennerici / Piccini / Moser     Audi R8 LMS    
15:08:15.392     325     8:52:11.94     0

28     2     GT2     Bruni / Longin / van de Poele / Vilander     Ferrari F430    
13:20:16.287     295     10:40:11.0     0

29     50     GT3     Kumpen / Fässler / Luhr / Rockenfeller     Audi R8 LMS    
13:20:18.488     294     10:40:08.8     0

30     98     GT3     De Doncker / Kuppens / Palttala /     Ford GT    
11:46:19.998     249     12:14:07.3     0

31     91     GTN     Broodcooren / Marin / Barbaro / Corten     Porsche 997 Cup    
12:40:12.908     235     11:20:14.4     0

32     13     GT2     Westbrook / Holzer / Lieb / Goossens     Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)    
10:11:40.492     207     13:48:46.8     0

33     52     GT3     Fumal / de Lorenzi / Thiry / Thomas     Porsche 911 GT3 R    
6:15:03.983     135     17:45:23.3     0

34     74     GT3     Bouvy / Kelders / Blachemain / Tuchbant     Audi R8 LMS    
7:20:57.850     127     16:39:29.4     0

35     100     GTN     Vos / Schothorst / Coronel / Kolen     Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S    
4:16:47.312     91     19:43:40.0     0

36     84     GT3     Kox / Hayek / Bonaldi / Lee     Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4    
2:51:38.649     63     21:08:48.6     0

37     72     GT3     Franchi / Vosse / Stippler / Biela     Audi R8 LMS    
2:25:31.503     57     21:34:55.8     0

38     61     GT3     Brouard / Noziere / Kerkhove / Sougnez     Porsche 911 GT3 R    
1:51:40.383     43     22:08:46.9     0

39     63     GT3     D'Ansembourg / Grivegnee / Demay / Merche     Aston Martin DBRS9    
1:09:23.275     25     22:51:04.0     0

40     62     GT4     Barff / Ordonez / Buncombe / Buncombe     Nissan 370Z    
1:03:34.892     23     22:56:52.4     0