United Autosports scored three podium finishes at Paul Ricard today, Sunday 6th June, 2015.
The #2 Ligier JS P320 of Wayne Boyd, Edouard Cauhaupe and Rob Wheldon finished third after a brilliant strategy call from the pit wall brought them back into contention.
Rob Wheldon started the #2 Ligier JS P320 from fourth on the grid but was leading heading into the second corner after making one of his usual fantastic starts. He managed to stretch out a 36-second lead ahead of the first round of pit stops but was caught out by a safety car before he made it into the pits so could only pit for an emergency five-second fuel stop. He was then held at pit exit before he could re-join the track. The #2 crew then had to pit again once the pit lane opened to complete Rob’s pit stop and sent him back out on track, which landed him among the GT field. Rob pushed on and brought the car in to hand over to Edouard after two hours of running.
Edouard drove a great stint in the recovering #2 Ligier to hand the car over to Wayne Boyd who brought the car home in third place after a fantastic strategy call from the pit wall.
The team now turn their attention to the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao, Portugal next weekend (11-13 June). The ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup teams will be back in action at Monza, Italy on 9-11 July.
“Happy to be on the podium once again and get a few more points for the championship. It does feel like another one of those days where Rob did a great stint but the safety car came in at a bad time, and we were just really unlucky. However, for us to make it back up to third is a huge credit to the team and strategy that they played, so massive thanks to them. Going forward to the next round in Monza, our pace is really strong so there’s no reason why we can’t win, we just need everything to line up for us.”