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COSMO, BYRNE, YOLUC TAKE HARD FOUGHT 2ND PLACE AT FUJI, MAINTAIN POINTS LEAD

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United Autosports is in strong contention for all three Asian Le Mans Series titles after the 4 Hours of Fuji today (9 Dec) – the Japanese race marking the mid-point of the four-race championship the Anglo-American team is contesting for the first time. Second-place today earns #22 of Phil Hanson (GB) and Paul Di Resta (GB) a three-point lead in the overall LMP2 rankings with the similar #23 Ligier JS P2 Nissan of Guy Cosmo (US), Patrick Byrne (US) and Salih Yoluc (TUR) leading the LMP2 Am category and equal fourth in the overall standings following a second in class and fifth overall in Japan. Furthermore United is placed second (#3) – 11 points off the lead – after Matt Bell (GB), Kay van Berlo (NED) and Christian England (GB) earned United its maiden Asian LMP3 class win, with the #2 of Wayne Boyd (GB), Chris Buncombe (GB) and Garett Grist (CAN) recording fifth, placing them third in championship standings. The UK-based team has now claimed three overall podium finishes, a LMP2 Am class win plus two LMP3 podiums after two races. The 4hr race around the 2.84-mile, 16-turn Fuji Speedway began with moisture in the air and in a cold ambient temperature with rain falling approaching the end of the first hour.
 
The third and penultimate round of the series takes place at Buriram in Thailand (12 Jan) but United are evaluating drivers for the 2019 season at a track in Europe next week.
 
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Hanson, having earned himself his first career LMP2 pole and the team’s maiden series pole the previous day, started the #22 with Yoluc in #23 which Cosmo qualified third overall and fastest in Am class. #22 lay second 30 minutes in, seven seconds behind the leading #24, with #23 fourth. #23 pitted, with Cosmo taking over on 48 minutes, still on the same slicks, while #22 stopped, and changed to wet tyres on 53 minutes, but dramatically snatched the lead at turn one on 58 minutes when #24 exited the pits having pitted a lap later. #22 impressively extended its lead to 19 seconds in the difficult, slippery conditions due to intermittent rain or drizzle, while #23, having made an extra stop for wets, lay fourth after 90 minutes, 30 seconds ahead of its nearest Am class rival.
 
The leading #22 Ligier stopped for fuel on 109 minutes having had its lead dramatically reduced moments earlier when Hanson was pushed wide and off the track by a slower car, fortunately without contact. #23 took fuel minutes later, the #22 remaining first – now 26 seconds ahead – #23 fourth – 34 seconds ahead of his Am rival – with all scheduled pit-stops completed at mid-distance, while #23 moved up to third 10 minutes later. #22’s lead was extended to 103 seconds with 95 minutes remaining when the second-placed #24 pitted for slicks as the track dried but Hanson could not follow suit due to the regulated 90 minutes driving time of co-driver Di Resta for another crucial seven minutes, handing over the car after a 2hr 30mins stint, for fuel/slicks with 88 minutes to run, #23 having pitted for fuel/slicks moments earlier.
 
#22 lay 20 seconds down on the leading #24 with an hour remaining, Di Resta hampered by a handling imbalance, the Scot re-taking the lead when #24 pitted with 45 minutes to run, while Byrne took over the third-placed #23 with 40 minutes left. With 37 minutes remaining, Di Resta dived into the pits for a timed fuel fill under a Safety Car phase, #22 directly behind the leading #24 with 26 minutes left as the race resumed. Byrne lost two places – and the LMP2 Am lead – on the same lap with 20 minutes left. But Di Resta was unable to challenge for the win in the closing stages, with #23 taking fifth overall and second in the Am class.  
 
* Championship positions/points provisional
 
Guy Cosmo (US), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born: New York, USA. Lives: Palm Beach Gardens, USA. Age: 41

“I really enjoyed racing one of these cars in the rain for the first time. It was very challenging but was pleased with my performance. The plan was for me to do the final couple of stints but when the rain came, I was told to take over from Salih. I made a couple of small mistakes but never came to a standstill in either. I didn’t extract everything out of the car in qualifying. I’m still learning about this evolution of LMP2 car.”
 
Patrick Byrne (US), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born: Colorado, USA. Lives: Washington, USA. Age: 28

“More points in what is becoming a real strong, competitive Am class. I was prepping to take over the car for the second stint but with the rain arriving, Guy took the car over, so in the end I got in the car with around 40 minutes to run. Almost immediately, there was a Safety Car which caught us out. My [old] tyres were real cold at the re-start and I was just a sitting duck to the cars behind and I just didn’t have anything to keep them behind.”
 
Salih Yoluc (TUR), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born/Lives: Istanbul, Turkey. Age: 33

“The start was scrappy due to cold tyres and I may have been overly cautious as it was my first time in the damp in an LMP2 car. But I managed some okay laps and handed the car over in a good position. Unfortunately Guy went out on slicks when he took over from me when wets would have been the better option so we lost a lot of time because he had to stop again.”
 
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:

“A second consecutive strong race in all three classes sees us head for the penultimate event in Thailand in very strong positions in all three championships. It’s been a hectic and tiring few weeks for our team in Asia that has nevertheless proved rewarding in terms of success. Our aim is to keep the momentum going into Buriram where, hopefully after two near misses, we can also achieve our maiden outright race win.”
 
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:

“There is everything to play for in terms of the championships going into the second half of the season which is very pleasing. Phil has been mega in the #22 from Friday morning but he and Paul were unlucky not to earn us our first Asian LMS overall win today. Phil was magnificent in getting us our first pole, drove stunning stints to lead the race in extremely difficult conditions, but our strategy options are limited with a two-driver line-up of a platinum [Di Resta] and silver [Hanson] FIA rated drivers with Paul only able to run a maximum of 90 minutes in the car. This contributed to the fact that we couldn’t stop Phil for slicks immediately after the #24 pitted due to the drive time rules and this is when we lost the time as the track dried. #23 led the Am class for the majority of the race but was unlucky when it pitted two laps before the Safety Car period, which it had to do due to Guy’s driving time, with the #4 benefitting from this caution period to make its stop which ultimately cost us the class win. With regards LMP2 the ultimate results are disappointing. In LMP3, #2 was unlucky when a regulator which controls the wheel guns, malfunctioned at its first pit-stop, costing a minute, while #3 earned us our first class victory with a superb performance.”

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VICTORY AND OVERALL PODIUM FOR COSMO, BYRNE, YOLUC IN ASIAN LE MANS LMP2 DEBUT AT SHANGHAI

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United Autosports have scored three podiums on their Asian Le Mans Series debut at Shanghai, China today (25 November).
 
The day began under a cloud of fog, with doubt hanging over the early start time of 09:30. Luckily, the fog lifted and the sun came out just as the pits opened and teams made their way to the grid.
 
Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc stood on the podium twice as they finished third overall and first in the LMP2 Pro Am class after suffering from a puncture as Guy just began his stint half way through the race. Patrick started the race from fifth in the #23 Ligier JS P2 and made a good start to be running third for the early part of the race. Salih took over into the second hour and ran second overall for a large part of his drive, pitting to Guy who held his position until the puncture. Guy held on until the end, bringing the Ligier home for the class win.
 
Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta finished second after battling for the win for the majority of the race. Phil qualified the #22 Ligier JS P2 on Saturday, putting the car on the second row of the grid, in third place. Phil had a difficult start to the race after contact with another car knocked him down the order. Ultimately, he fought back through the field and pitted, handing the car over to Paul in the lead of the race. Unfortunately, both safety car periods affected the team’s strategy meaning they had to settle for second place.
 
The series now moves onto Fuji in Japan in two weeks, with the race being held on Sunday 9th December.
 
Guy Cosmo (US), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born: New York, USA. Lives: Palm Beach Gardens, USA. Age: 41
“I’m feeling pretty good right now. It was a great effort by the whole team. We had a bit of an issue when the weekend began and we were scratching our heads. But the strength of United Autosports really shone, because they really dug deep to find the issue with the car. To come away with a win in our class and third overall is exactly what we were hoping for. It’s encouraging to say we will be going into the remainder of the championship looking stronger.”
 
Patrick Byrne (US), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born: Colorado, USA. Lives: Washington, USA. Age: 28
“What a fantastic result – a win in class and third overall. You’ve got to love that! I’m really happy with the team. We were tight on fuel but everyone did a fantastic job and it’s no surprise United did that. It’s also no surprise that my team mates are driving the best they can too. Bring on Fuji.”
 
Salih Yoluc (TUR), driver car #23, United Autosports:
Born/Lives: Istanbul, Turkey. Age: 33
“At the beginning of the race we had a mixed start. The race was interesting with the safety cars. We managed our pace well and we got a podium overall too, which I think it the most impressive part of the result. I’m really looking forward to Fuji, I love the track and raced there only a few months ago.”
 
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I think we’ve had a good opening weekend in the Asian Le Mans Series. Three podiums is a good result and we have shown with all four of our cars that we have the pace to win.”
 
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“It’s fantastic to win with Guy, Patrick and Salih and even better that they were on the podium overall. It was a difficult start to the week for them but they were really professional and patient and we worked our way through a couple of things and got them a car that they were capable of doing what they did in. Disappointed that we led for such a long time in both LMP3 and LMP2 and ended up second in both those, but it’s not a bad start.”

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COSMO, BYRNE AND YOLUC MOVE TO LMP2 FOR ASIAN LE MANS SERIES

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COSMO, BYRNE AND YOLUC MOVE TO LMP2 FOR ASIAN LE MANS SERIES

United Autosports have confirmed that Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc will move up to the LMP2 class for the team’s debut in the Asian Le Mans Series.
 
Guy, Patrick and Salih were the first Asian Le Mans Series announcement for United Autosports, originally entering the LMP3 class, but the trio have now made plans along with the team, to step up to the LMP2 class.

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Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne Return to Asian Le Mans Series to Defend Championship Alongside Salih Yoluc

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Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne Return to Asian Le Mans Series to Defend Championship Alongside Salih Yoluc

United Autosports have confirmed that Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc will be joining their Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 team for the 2018/2019 season.

Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne are reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions, having clinched the title last season with Jackie Chan DC Racing. The pair have also raced for United Autosports in the LMP3 Cup in 2016 and the Gulf 12 Hours in 2017. Guy also drove for the team in the inaugural Road to Le Mans event in 2016, finishing fifth.

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Cosmo and Byrne Crowned Asian Le Mans Series Champions at Sepang

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Cosmo and Byrne Crowned Asian Le Mans Series Champions at Sepang

Sepang, Malaysia (5 February 2018) – Scorching temperatures and notoriously fickle weather conditions were no match for the No. 6 Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport machine as Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Gabriel Aubry win the Asian Le Mans season finale at the Sepang International Circuit and earn the title of LMP3 champions.

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Cosmo & Byrne Earn Hard-Fought Fourth Place in Buriram

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Cosmo & Byrne Earn Hard-Fought Fourth Place in Buriram

Buriram, Thailand (16 January 2018) – Heading into Round 3 of Asian Le Mans Series competition, the Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport duo of Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne had a promising weekend ahead of them as they entered the weekend leading the LMP3 championship, but multiple race setbacks left the No. 6 machine having to settle with a fourth place finish.

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