Manuel Maldonado is set to join United Autosports in WEC to fill one of the 9 seats reserved by the American team for the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Maldonado, the cousin of former Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado, has been driving under United Autosports’ colors in the European Le Mans Series this year. At the approach of the legendary Sarthoise race that is scheduled for the 21-22 of August, the American defending champions have registered three LMP2 cars to compete for the win.
Some of the 9 precious seats made available by United Autosports have already been logically claimed by the team’s official WEC drivers operating all year long for driving duties in the team’s service with the LMP2 #22.
Now that Maldonado was chosen to drive in the Oreca #32, one single seat is still to compete for to drive alongside Paul Di Resta and Alex Lynn in the team’s prototype number 23.
“Adding Manuel to our Le Mans team made sense given how he has progressed in the ELMS already this year. He will be making his Le Mans debut, so I hope he really enjoys himself as there really is no race like it,” United Autosport’s team boss and co-owner Richard Dean said.
“The biggest race, with the reigning champions of Le Mans, I couldn’t be in a better place,” Maldonado added.
“It’s going to be very tough, as it’s the longest race I’ve ever done, but I know lots of preparation will be done beforehand.”