As you know, we are keeping a close eye on an actual American team that has entered motorsport without Chad Hurley. We are excited about the team and wanted to give you an update on their progress. I hope you are following this team because it’s truly an American operation working far from home on the hallowed ground of European motorsport.
United Autosports heads for the latest rounds of the FIA GT3 European Championship at the 3.6-mile Brno Masaryk circuit in the Czech Republic staged over May 22-23. Having scored top-20 placings with both its Audi R8 LMS sports cars in the opening two races at Silverstone (England) earlier this month (May 1-2), the American-owned team now aims to break in to the top-10 especially as three rival manufacturers have been given weight ballast in line with the FIAâ€™s â€œBalance of Powerâ€.
Brno was not on the FIA GT3 European Championship calendar last year which saw the V10-engined Audi R8 LMS compete for the first time and ultimately win the championship. United Autosports is looking to be the top Audi teama nd tehy faced stiff competition from Team Rosberg at Silverstone. The drivers feel confident about their chances but remain erlaistic about their progress and performance.
Zak Brown (USA). Lives: Carmel, Indiana, USA:
â€œNone of us have raced at Brno but weâ€™re all very much looking forward to it â€“ I’ve been told itâ€™s a great, exciting and challenging track. The FIA GT3 grid certainly impressed me at Silverstone and also realized that we are a brand new team and that we must keep that in mind and not set unrealistic expectations too early into our first season. Nevertheless weâ€™ll be striving for top-10 finishes.â€
Matthew Bell (GB). Lives: Barningham nr Richmond, North Yorkshire, England:
â€œOur main focus is to be the top Audi team which, at Silverstone, proved to be a difficult task against the experienced Team Rosberg. We just have to keep improving as much as we can every time we go out. We’re definitely moving in the right direction and the team is working flat out to make improvements. Iâ€™d prefer dry races at Brno as it would enable us to improve the car.â€
Richard Dean (GB), Managing Director & Co-Owner of United Autosports:
â€œUnited Autosports will always strive to be the top Audi team. After that we will be wherever the â€˜Balance of Performanceâ€™ puts us. At Silverstone I was a little surprised at the level of some of the drivers still eligible as pairings. Racing in a â€˜newâ€™ country and not at a â€˜main streamâ€™ venue always adds something to a race weekend. The series may not have been there yet but many of the drivers we are competing against have. I raced at Brno in a Lister Storm with Julian Bailey in GT1 so hopefully I can help our drivers. This is an element where we need to catch up quickly as our drivers have not raced at any of the remaining circuits but Iâ€™m confident we will steadily improve. The atmosphere in our team is fantastic and very positive.â€
John Della Penna (ARG), Partner & Sporting Director of United Autosports:
â€œOne of the reasons for racing in Europe this year was to compete at some of the beautiful circuits that I have been seeing from afar during my career. Brno is certainly one of those circuits. I have seen Moto GP race there and it looks like a really challenging circuit. Itâ€™s long with very technical corners. With the new BoP adjustments we [Audi] should be closer to the front â€“ however not knowing the circuit will be a disadvantage for our own drivers.â€