United Autosports' Audi R8 LMS will carry the colours of Draper Tools in 2011 after the Hampshire-based company became a partner of the Anglo-American team.
The team – co-owned by American Zak Brown and Briton Richard Dean – competed in the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2010 and will return for a second season in the series in 2011, as well as a full season of British GT competition. The team also plans a return visit to the 24 Hours of Spa, where they claimed a class podium in 2010.
“Draper Tools' backing of United Autosports is a further endorsement of our new but fast moving team!” said Dean. “Draper has a high end and extensive product range which fits perfectly with the exacting standards our team require. Motorsport always works in an extreme environment that proves any product and our engineers are delighted and proud to be in partnership with Draper Tools.”
“We depend heavily on their superb equipment to help us build and maintain our racecars so the association fits perfectly,” Brown adds.
The team will also provide hospitality for Draper Tools customers to attend race in Europe, while Draper Tools also has an agreement with Grand Prix Racewear to sell Draper's range of tools – which includes ranges for the gardening, decorating, engineering and construction trades as well as automotive tool – through GPR's Silverstone facility and website.