United Autosports' Audi R8 LMS in 2011 (Photo Credit: United Autosports)

United Autosports' Audi R8 LMS in 2011 (Photo Credit: United Autosports)

United Autosports have confirmed they will contest the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship with an updated version of the Audi R8 LMS GT3.

The Anglo-American team contested both the FIA GT3 European Championship and the domestic championship in 2011 and had already announced a move to the Blancpain Endurance Series for 2012, using the GT3-spec McLaren MP4-12C.

Team co-owner Richard Dean said; “We firmed up our Blancpain Endurance Series team and driver line-up a couple of weeks ago with the McLaren MP4-12C, and have now decided to keep two of our three Audi R8 LMS cars. This was having considered how the Audi took a major performance leap forward with its recent Blancpain series updates. We have the capacity to run a second program as we did in 2011 and although for us, this is a late decision, we have plenty of time to work through our driver line-up options. We have an exclusive two-day test at Monza in early February and I expect everything to be in place by that time.”

The 2012 season will be United Autosports' second full season of British GT competition after fielding a two car team throughout 2011. Drivers Matt Bell and Michael Guasch won the third round of the championship at Snetterton and led the points for much of the year before losing out to CRS Racing pair Jim and Glynn Geddie.

The 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship will be contested over seven weekends and a variety of one, two and three hour races at Britain's top tracks, as well as European race at the Nurburgring.