- June 11, 2013
- Former F1 star steps down from British GT Championship
- Business commitments to take a front seat
- Mark will still support United Autosports in an ambassadorial role
United Autosports have announced that former Formula One driver, Mark Blundell, will be stepping down from his driver role for the rest of the 2013 season.
Mark was concerned that his increasing business commitments meant he could no longer dedicate the time to compete in a full season of racing, and the testing that goes with it therefore Mark felt that he had no option but to step down as one of the #24 McLaren MP4-12C GT3 drivers.
Mark will still be a part of the team, joining them for the British GT race meetings in their hospitality unit, as well as making personal appearances for the team. The door is open for Mark to get behind the wheel again once his time frees up, potentially at one of the many overseas endurance races that the team participates in. Together, United Autosports and Mark will continue to stay close to their many sponsors throughout the rest of the season.
United Autosports will be replacing Mark for the rest of the 2013 season, and will continue to challenge for the championship with both McLarens and the Audi R8 LMS ultra.
Mark Blundell, United Autosports:
“It’s a great shame that I have to step-down from the British GT Championship race programme with United Autosports but my focus has been on building my sports management business and I need to commit my time and attention to that in full, as will became apparent in the near future with a very exciting announcement. Of course I shall still be present in an ambassador role for United Autosports to support the team and personal sponsors, all of whom I would like to say a big thank you to for allowing me to concentrate on the next stage of developing my business. When the time is right and I can assure the team of my full involvement, I hope to be back behind the wheel of a United Autosports race car in the future, but in the meantime, a big thank you to all the staff members and our sponsors for the season so far.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“It is such a shame that Mark has to step down from the team when we have just made it to the halfway stage of the championship. He was unable to commit to the rest of season with us due to his increasing business commitments, a decision which we fully respect. We look forward to Mark assisting the team in other areas, and I’m sure fans will still enjoy seeing him around the British GT paddock and at other races with United Autosports.”