GREAT RECOVERY DRIVE FOR UNITED AUTOSPORTS AT LE MANS 24 HOURS TO FINISH FOURTH IN TOUGH ENDURANCE BATTLE
Fourth place finish for #23 Oreca 07 of Paul Di Resta, Alex Lynn and Wayne Boyd
United Autosports scored a fourth-place finish at the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours with the #23 Oreca 07 of Paul Di Resta, Alex Lynn and Wayne Boyd after a tough race, which involved some fantastic teamwork from all three United Autosports crews. The trio brought their car home only two laps down from the eventual winners after contact with the #32 in wet conditions meant the team had to spend just over 10 minutes in the garage for front end repairs, dropping them down the order. A brilliantly fought drive from all three drivers, two of whom are previous Le Mans 24 Hours race winners (Paul and Alex) and one making his Le Mans 24 Hours debut (Wayne), saw them make their way through the field after the unfortunate accident in the early stages of the race. Alex started the race in wet conditions from sixth place after a great lap by Paul Di Resta put the #23 Oreca into the Hyperpole shootout earlier in the week. Paul, Alex and Wayne all showed brilliant pace during the remaining hours of the race, showing they certainly had the pace to be in contention for the race win. Wayne, on his Le Mans debut, brought the #23 car up into the lead of the race and fought off a strong challenge from former F1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne.
“I think mixed emotions after the race. People talk about how even to finish Le Mans is an achievement in itself and to finish fourth is pretty impressive on my debut. But we were just unfortunate in the race with the incident that cost us a few laps and damaged the car. I think if we didn’t have that then we probably could have challenged for the win but it’s ifs and buts. Coming away with fourth is a good result and I just want to thank all the team and all the mechanics and everybody, including AERO, for all the hard work and support that made it such a good weekend for us.”