United Autosports co-owner Richard Dean will take some time out from his busy schedule running United Autosports to make a return to the cockpit for the Britcar 24-hour race this weekend (22nd/23rd September).
Richard will be reunited with his 2006 Le Mans winning team-mates of Lawrence Tomlinson and Tom Kimber-Smith who took the GT2 class victory for Team LNT in a PanozEsperante. The trio will be joined for the race by Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson in the 4.35 litre, V8 engined Ginetta G55 GT3 race car.
It will be Richard's second Britcar 24-hours. In 2006 he took a class win and a second overall finish with United Autosports co-owner Zak Brown and Lawrence Tomlinson in a BMW.
Richard is no stranger to endurance racing. In 2011 he was behind the wheel for the24-hours of Spa alongside Zak Brown, Mark Blundell and Eddie Cheever bringing their United Autosports Audi R8 LMS home in third in the GT3 category.
Richard Dean. Team Owner and Managing Director of United Autosports
"Its going to be fun joining Lawrence and Tom for the first time since 2006 when the three of us stood on the top step at Le Mans. I haven't driven the Ginetta G55 GT3 car yet but we raced against it in British GT earlier this month and it was very competitive. I worked with Lawrence for five years and was involved in the Ginetta project from day one when he bought the company. So you could say this event means a little bit more than just another race to me. Mike Simpson isfast and competitive and is the future of the company so it is very relevant that he joins us in the car. He is also something like 7 or 8 times BritishKart Masters Champion so I expect him to do the aggressive night stints while Lawrence and I reminisce from the BRDC suite."
Therace will take place on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit starting on Saturday 22nd September at 3.30 pm.