The 27-year-old Briton, who’s racing with Mahindra in Formulation E this season, will drive one in every of three ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 prototypes entered for the double-points World Endurance Championship spherical on August 21/22 by final yr’s class winner.
A fifth Le Mans begin for Lynn is ready to be his first sportscar look since he opted to not proceed with Aston Martin Racing on the finish of final yr and his first on the wheel of a prototype since he undertook a partial WEC season with the G-Drive Racing LMP2 crew in 2017.
Lynn defined that returning to Le Mans, the place he took GTE Professional honours with Aston final yr and LMP2 class pole with G-Drive in 2017, had been excessive up on his to-do listing for 2021.
“Getting again to Le Mans was vital and I needed to be in a prototype, however my precedence was to be in a automobile that has an opportunity of successful in no matter class, and that is what I’ve bought with United,” he instructed Motorsport.com.
“It is the right alternative: the crew’s file speaks for itself.
“Paul is a mega driver and we get alongside nicely — he is the right first team-mate within the automobile.”
Di Resta, who will race for Peugeot when it enters the WEC in 2022, has been introduced again into the United fold for its third Le Mans entry after serving to Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson to the WEC P2 title in 2019/20.
Hanson’s promotion to a gold driver rating for 2021 meant there was no room for di Resta within the line-up, whereas United’s try to put collectively a deal for a second full-season WEC entry did not come to fruition.
United boss Richard Dean reckoned that the crew is now “two-thirds of the best way there to an distinctive line-up” for the automobile.
“Alex is a no-nonsense driver who everyone knows may be very fast,” he mentioned.
Dean defined that his job now could be to make sure that he will get the absolute best silver-rated driver to finish the line-up.
“In the meanwhile there’s a funds consideration: we have raised a sure amount of cash, however there’s nonetheless a bit of labor to do,” he defined.
He urged that if United can increase the complete funds for the automobile, then crew common Wayne Boyd might take the slot for the necessary silver.
The Northern Irishman is graduating to the P2 ranks with the crew on this yr’s European Le Mans Sequence having received the LMP3 crown with United final season.
“Wayne is clearly on the listing and can be an apparent selection for United as a result of he is aware of the crew inside out,” mentioned Dean.
Lynn is not going to be making his race debut with United at Le Mans: he competed within the Gulf 12 Hours on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi in 2016 aboard a Ligier-Nissan JSP3 shared together with his father Shaun and Richard Meins.
Lynn defined that he had opted towards persevering with with Aston Martin after the top of its manufacturing unit GTE Professional programme within the WEC so as to deal with returning to prototypes.
“When the manufacturing unit programme got here to an finish it was as much as us if we needed to hold on racing on a buyer stage,” mentioned Lynn, who took class honours at Le Mans in 2020 along with Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell on the finish of his third yr with Aston.
“I used to be very fortunate I had the FE alternative with Mahindra and I selected to deal with that whereas searching for a manner again into prototypes.
“I really like prototype racing and loved driving with Wayne Taylor Racing on the Sebring 12 Hours [which he won in 2017] and my time with G-Drive.
“There aren’t many drivers who do not have an eye fixed on the way forward for the highest class in prototype racing with the arrival of the Le Mans Hypercars and LMDh coming — all of us wish to battle for the general.”