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Wayne Unhappy With Monza Result.

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Wayne Unhappy With Monza Result.

United Autosports Ligiers finish 10th and 11th.

10th and 11th place finishes for the team’s Ligier JS P217s came as a major disappointment, after both cars ran fast and without any issues throughout the four-hour race, sitting 1-2 in the class standings in the second half. Bad luck struck the team at the end, both its cars having to take a splash of fuel in the closing stages after a gamble on strategy, costing both cars valuable time, and potential podium places.

The #22 JS P217 of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque – in his first ELMS race of the season after missing the opener – shone early on. Hanson started the race fourth and had a clean run through the opening laps. From there, he climbed the order to second in class by lap 15 after the team opted not to pit during the first of four safety car periods in the first half of the race. Hanson was calm and collected throughout and kept up with the leading pack throughout the interruptions caused by various incidents, eventually putting himself in position to take the lead of the race early in the third hour, before handing the car over to Albuquerque in third with 80 minutes remaining.

Due to the variation in strategies up and down the order in LMP2 though, Albuquerque fell away after battling in the top three spots early in the fourth hour. He ended up running fourth after the final round of scheduled stops, after being forced to save fuel through what was a remarkably clean second half to the race. To make matters worse, his chances of fighting for a podium were then effectively ended after he received a drive-through penalty for a minor collision with an LMP3 runner. The penalty, in addition to a late stop for a splash of fuel, dropped him to 10th, where he would finish.

It was a similar story for Will Owen, Wayne Boyd and Hugo de Sadeleer in the #32. In the opening hours of the race, the car was in the hunt and sat as high as second overall, before fading late on, when Boyd was forced to save fuel in the final hour. Like the #22 crew though, the #32 also had to pit late for a splash of fuel, which dropped Boyd and the team to 11th in the closing moments of the race.

Wayne Boyd (GB), driver #32, United Autosports: Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lives: Templepatrick, Northern Ireland. Age: 27 “It wasn’t where we wanted to finish, 10th and 11th wasn’t very good, the other had a drive through and we both had to make a splash. We struggled a bit for overall pace with the ORECAs and Dallaras, but we need to be better than that, we need to find time. That wasn’t good enough.”