- January 10, 2013
United Autosports is delighted to announce that it has signed Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell to compete full time in the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship alongside Richard Meins, reuniting their partnership from the 24 Hours of Spa in 2012.
Mark has raced before for the Leeds based team, notably finishing fourth in the Daytona prototype class in the 2011 Rolex 24 in a team with Martin Brundle, Mark Patterson, and United Autosports owner Zak Brown.
Bringing his vast international racing experience to United Autosports, including a Le Mans 24 Hour win, Mark looks set to be a serious contender in 2013, driving a McLaren MP4-12C in the GT3 category.
The 46-year-old competed in Formula 1 between 1991 and 1995, notching up 63 starts and racing for the Brabham, Ligier, Tyrrell and McLaren teams, scoring three podiums during his F1 career.
A move to America then beckoned, with Mark scoring three victories while competing in the CART World Series. He then fused a career in sportscar racing, the highlights of which so far have been taking victory in the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans and finishing second in the endurance event in 2003. His participation in the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship will see Blundell’s full-time return to racing.
United Autosports are pleased to announce and welcome Viglen IT as proud partners of the Anglo American team. Viglen, along with long term partners Henderson Insurance has committed to a British GT sponsorship deal with Mark Blundell for the 2013 season.
The prestigious Avon Tyres British GT Championship will visit six UK circuits and one international event in The Netherlands. The championship offers a spectacular motorsport experience, with supercars racing bumper-to-bumper, the throaty roar of the sportscar engine racing at breathtaking speeds and all the drama of pitstops and driver changeovers.
Its great to be part of the United Autosports team for 2013. I learnt my craft as a junior driver on many tracks that the championship competes on so I am really looking forward to being back home. What makes it even more special is that I will be able to race in front of family and friends and the many loyal race fans who have supported me over the years. I would like to thank Zak Brown and Richard Dean for giving me the opportunity and Viglen Computers for the support this season, along with my team mate Richard Meins. I expect us to be a strong combination armed with the McLaren MP4 -12C GT3 car. The British series is getting stronger by the season, and I hope that we will be able to entertain the race fans. For me it’s about racing on home turf, what could be better. I can’t wait to get the season underway
-Mark Blundell, United Autosports, Racing Driver
The British Championship will receive a huge boost having Mark Blundell in the McLaren MP4 12C in 2013. United Autosports are very proud to have Mark as a full time member of our team. For me this announcement makes all the hard work over the closed season worthwhile, Mark has been pushing harder than any of the other drivers who were in the running for this seat to make this happen. This shows he has lost none of his competitive desire to race and win”.
-Richard Dean, United Autosports, Team Owner, Managing Director
It’s fantastic news that Mark is joining us for his first full season in British racing for many years. There is no question that he will continue to win as he has his whole career, and he will no doubt be a huge fan favorite.
-Zak Brown, United Autosports Team Owner and Driver
United Autosports joined the British GT Championship at Oulton Park for a one off visit in 2010. We are delighted they have chosen to stay in our racing series. To have three very prestigious entries from them is great news. The addition of Mark Blundell to the existing line up is phenomenal and a testament to the direction British GT; the best national GT series in the world is going. Congratulations to Richard and his team
-Benjamin Franassovici, SRO London British GT Championship Manager
We are extremely excited to be part of the United Autosports program for the 2013 British GT Championship. We welcome the opportunity and look forward to integrating our IT technology along with our partners into the team. We will be taking our customers to race events to experience firsthand how the partnership works between Viglen and United and to see how our technology and solutions enhance and enrich the whole race experience. And in Mark Blundellwe have a great race driver and Ambassador for Viglen and our partners
-Bordan Tkachuk, CEO, Viglen
2013 Race Calendar
Oulton Park, Great Britain 30 March-1 April
Rockingham, Great Britain 5-6 May
Silverstone, Great Britain 25-26 May
Snetterton, Great Britain 15-16 June
Brands Hatch, Great Britain 10-11 August
Zandvoort, The Netherlands 6-8 September
Donington Park, Great Britain 5-6 October
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