Hugo de Sadeleer and Team United Autosports shine at the 24 Hours of Daytona
This weekend, Hugo de Sadeleer and the United Autosports team shone on the Daytona International Speedway ! Fourth overall, they made a sensational entry into one of the world’s most legendary endurance races. Like a “déjà vu” for Hugo and United Autosports.
A few months after making a splash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by finishing at the podium, Hugo and Team United Autosports repeated their feat by taking fourth place again, but this time in the 24 Hours of Daytona!
Started in 15th place, Hugo‘s No. 32 single-seater quickly integrated the top 10 in just two hours. Hugo’s team, which has inherited the leadership of the race from time to time, has shown itself as a constant team with a smooth succession of laps.
Hugo did a great performance
Hugo‘s relay was one of the highlights of the car No. 32 crew of the Anglo-American United Autosports team. Indeed, at the wheel of the Ligier JS P217 LMP2, the young Swiss pilot managed to grab a lot of places, moving up to third place at sunrise!
Fourth at the end of the race, Hugo and his partners can be proud of their performance. Indeed, like their team, most of them discovered the race.
In all, the car No. 32 driven by Hugo de Sadeleer, Paul Di Resta, Will Owen and Bruno Senna completed the 803 laps of the Daytona International Speedway, with an average speed of 191 km/hour.
After his brilliant performance on the Daytona International Speedway, Hugo said : “It’s a very different kind of an event that I more used to in Europe. I found the track physically tough too – due to the banking and the fact the direction runs anti-clockwise which again is quite unusual compared to what I’m used to. That said, I loved driving at night under the floodlights. We had some issues that cost us time. I was running out of fuel so had to make an emergency pit-stop under FCY with the pits closed so then had to pit again to hand the car over to Will who then had to serve a drive-thru for my emergency stop.”
Hugo under Clovis’ pencil
Hugo‘s famous “banking”, mentioned below, has inspired the famous car enthusiast Clovis. The man who started his career with Jean Graton, Michel Vaillant’s father, and who became a master of illustrating cars in all their forms, paid tribute to the young Swiss driver by representing him on the “banking” at Daytona International Speedway. A nice surprise for Hugo who is nicknamed “King of the Banking” by Clovis! Discover Clovis’ work on his official website: www.clovisimages.com