Will Owen Finishes 3rd at ELMS Season Finale in Portimao

Will Owen Finishes 3rd at ELMS Season Finale in Portimao

30.10.2018: Will Owen finished on the 3rd spot of the podium at the final round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Portimao with United Autosports.

Will Owen finished on the 3rd spot of the podium at the final round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Portimao with United Autosports.



The race weekend began on a high note with Owen running in the top three the entire test session that took place on Wednesday, October 24th.



The conditions during qualifying were extremely windy, which was a unique element that United Autosports took head on and allowed Owen to qualify the #32 Ligier JSP217 in 7th, the best qualifying result of the season for the British based team.



Hugo De Sadeleer took his usual role of starting the race and had to manage some contact among the field, which resulted in a few dropped positions. The Swiss fought hard and gained back some places throughout his stint before handing the car over to Wayne Boyd. The Brit maintained enough speed to put the team in a position to fight in the top four.



Throughout the entire race United Autosports found themselves fighting with their sister car, the #22 machine piloted by Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson. Owen entered the race after a pit stop following a safety car.



The pit took longer than expected and Owen rejoined the field in 4th place behind Albuquerque and Jean-Eric Vergne and in front of Will Stevens. United Autosports knew that the G-Drive team had a penalty that would add 10-seconds to their final time, which meant Owen had to remain less than 10-seconds behind the G-Drive racing machine if they wanted to be on the podium.




Owen ended up doing one and a half stints in total and was pushed by United Autosports in the last 30-minutes of the race to run qualifying quality laps and be aggressive with traffic. The American did not disappoint and finished 9.4 seconds behind the G-Drive car to claim 3rd place.The result was a strong finish to a challenging 2018 season.



Will   Owen - Driver



"This weekend in Portimão was exactly what we were hoping for to finish the season.  We proved to everyone that the #32 car has the pace to compete at the front against the best.  It is a shame that we did not have our current tire set up for the whole season because I’m sure that it would have been fruitful for better pace and results. 



Despite our struggle early in the year, I have made the biggest improvement in my driving in the shortest amount of time in my career.  I cannot thank everyone enough who has supported me this year; it has been a pleasure to work with Wayne, Hugo, and all the United crew again. 



To be competing at the end of the race with the top drivers in prototypes was exhilarating, and it motivated me to push for every last tenth even more.  The end to this weekend was also exactly what I wanted to bounce back from my mistake at Petit.  This is a great note to end all of 2018 on, and I am motivated to kill it this offseason and show my best in 2019.

   

- SpeedGroup also photo

 

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