Wedmore's Cullen celebrates confirmation of Le Mans 24 spot following Daytona win
PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 April 2019
Wedmore racing driver Ryan Cullen was celebrating last week after receiving confirmation that a second entry for his team United Autosport has been approved for the Le Mans 24 in June.
For Cullen it will be his second 24-hour race in six months, having won the legendary Rolex Daytona 24 in January in the DragonSpeed LMP2 car with Pastor Madonado, Roberto Gonzalez and Sebastian Saveedra.
A delighted Cullen said: “We weren't sure if our entry was going to be approved.
“Places for this amazing race are limited and although United did everything possible, we were initially disappointed that we put on the reserve list.
“I'm so happy and also for the team that a way has been found for us to be there in June. I got a real taste for endurance racing with my first 24-hour race in Daytona at the beginning of the year. There is nothing like it and to win my first one was dream come true.
“Now I have a real chance to follow this up with a strong Le Mans effort and I really can't wait.”
The ACO, organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours, have made United's second entry for Ryan and his teammate Alex Brundle possible by including two further garages at the Circuit de la Sarthe, meaning the first two cars on the reserve list will now be part of the 62-car entry.
United Autosports gained one entry earlier this year, after winning the Asian Le Mans Series championship in February, but their second requested entry failed to appear on the official entry list released on March 1.
This has now been rectified by the ACO for the race in June and United Autosports ELMS drivers Cullen and Brundle will be joined by a third driver who is still to be confirmed.
The 87th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours will begin on Saturday June 15 at 3pm.