Albuquerque continues at United Autosports and two-car WEC entry confirmed for 2022

Reigning WEC LMP2 World Champion and 2021 Daytona 24 Hours winner Filipe Albuquerque will stay on with the team into the 2022 WEC season.

The 36-year-old Portuguese driver will continue his partnership with the team for the sixth consecutive year.

Albuquerque has secured 2 championships (ELMS and WEC), 14 wins, 21 podiums, and 11 pole positions during his time with United Autosports.

“I’m super happy to be able to continue with United Autosports for 2022 and to once again enter the WEC and Le Mans,” he said.

“United are the team I’ve been with the longest in my career which says a lot. It makes sense for us to continue together, we know each other so well and every year it feels more and more like a family.

“Knowing everyone is great and their work method is unbelievable so I can’t wait to continue into 2022 going for more wins, which is exactly what we have been doing so far.

“I want to thank (co-owners) Richard [Dean] and Zak [Brown] for the trust they have shown in me.

“The results from my side obviously help but it’s great to be working again with the whole team.”

A second-FIA WEC Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 entry has also been announced, with recent recruitee Josh Pierson the only other driver out of the total six expected to be confirmed.

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the WEC revealed the 2022 calendar which will sight a return to Sebring and Monza after the latter debuted into the race calendar last month.

Brown added to this news by describing Albuquerque as “an integral part of the team”, notably during the 2020 success.

United Autosports will head into the Bahrain double-header to conclude a success-filled season after a challenging Le Mans event.

They will fight for the drivers’ and teams’ LMP2 champion titles with drivers Albuquerque, Phil Hanson, and Fabio Scherer.