Owen returns full-time with United Autosports for 2022 WEC debut

Will Owen will return with United Autosports to compete in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship alongsideĀ Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson.

The American driver returns to racing after a year out with the team he debuted into LMP2 at the European Le Mans Series, in 2017.

Since then, he competed in four consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours races with United and claimed a best class-finish of third place.

After the recent changes to the FIA rankings, Fabio Scherer’s silver-to-gold licence switch meant he was unable to continue in the #22 Oreca 07.

Owen said in a press release: “I am overjoyed to be returning to racing and to be back with United Autosports.

“The opportunity to race in the full WEC season with Filipe [Albuquerque] and Phil [Hanson] is a special opportunity, and I am so grateful that it has come to fruition.

“It also gives me a lot of confidence that I will be driving with two very experienced teammates, and a team that has continued to grow and achieve great results.”

Credit: United Autosports

Much of the 26-year-old’s sportscar efforts was at United (in the ELMS) until 2020 when he decided to step back from racing for a year.

He will return with the team at the ‘Roar before the 24’ (22-23 January) and his third 24 Hours of Daytona (29-30 January) before taking on the WEC in March.

“Taking a year off from racing was a good decision, and it has allowed me to see a lot of things with a new perspective.

“I respect the challenge of getting back up to speed since I have not driven in a year, but I believe that once I do, I will be the best I have ever been.

“This winter, I will have a lot of work to do to get back into driving mode for Daytona, but I am excited by the challenge and also happy that I am working with United again.”

His WEC commitments begin at the opening 1000 Miles of Sebring on 18 March.