The United Autosports LMP2 squad are looking to increase their lead in the overall LMP2 standings, following their win at the Circuit of the Americas.
The trio of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta, and Phil Hanson had triumphed at the two previous rounds in Sakhir (Bahrain) and Texas (COTA), following a difficult start to Season 8.
This success put them to the top of the LMP2 team’s standings with 94 points, four points ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing.
Looking back on the season so far, Filipe Albuquerque said:”We had a chain of events that set us back and not scoring the results we had wanted.
“The win we had in Bahrain (and COTA) was a matter of time.
“We knew we had the potential; the team was doing everything right and I think there are still more wins to come. We are always evolving.”
The Sebring circuit has established the notorious slogan ‘Respect the Bumps,’ referencing the demanding and untreated concrete surfaces that it has developed a reputation on.
“The bumps mess with your fitness and concentration – you are literally shaking inside the cockpit.” added Albuquerque.
“Twelve hours at Sebring is like 24 hours at another track!
“With all the bumps and vibrations, pieces inside the car get loose and the cars need to be really well prepared.”
WEC’s Round 6 at Sebring Raceway will be the first time the Anglo-American team has raced at the circuit since 2018, however Albuquerque has more recent experience, and reckons that this will benefit the team.
“With Sebring we have to learn about it.”
“I know Sebring very well which will help and the track should suit the Oreca (United Autosports – LMP2 chassis) well.”
The Portuguese driver will actively compete in both the IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring in the DPi class (for Aston Express Racing), and in WEC’s 1000 Miles of Sebring in the LMP2 category.
Both of the IMSA and WEC endurance championships will feature a double-header at Sebring and they will take place one-after-another to a total of 20 hours of multi-class endurance racing.
Albuquerque will be switching sessions between the United Autosports’ Oreca chassis and the Dallara-based DPi Cadillac of Aston Express Racing.
“I am a fast learner and comfortable with different machinery,” he said reflecting on the dual roles that he will fulfil at both events.
“Winning at Sebring speaks for itself; it’s a highlight of the year and more points are available here so to get that advantage is huge.”
United Autosports will be keen to seek out another victory as they approach the final two races of the season at Spa and Le Mans.
The events take place between March 18-21.