British teenager Hanson ready for Le Mans challenge

Phil Hanson competes in the Le Mans 24 Hours next weekend (16-17 Jun) aiming for success in the LMP2 category. The 18-year-old BRDC Rising Star shares a Ligier JSP217 entered by Anglo-American team United Autosports with Filipe Albuquerque (POR) and fellow Briton Paul Di Resta. Berkshire-based Hanson became the youngest overall finisher in the 94-year history of the annual Le Mans race on his début last year by placing 11th.

Hanson, who is racing with Leeds-based United for the first time this year, co-drives regularly with Albuquerque in the European Le Mans Series and shared the Gibson-powered Ligier with ex-Formula 1 driver and former DTM champion Di Resta in the Sebring 12 Hours (USA) three months ago. While the 10 faster, more powerful LMP1 category cars are likely to fill most of the top overall positions at the chequered flag at 3pm (local) on Sunday afternoon, the #22 Ligier of Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta, will be bidding for honours in the ultra-competitive 20-car LMP2 class amongst the capacity 60-car field. At the recent official test (3 Jun), the one and only opportunity drivers and teams get to practice on the 8.47-mile track, the #22 Ligier set the sixth quickest time in LMP2.

Le Mans marks Hanson’s fifth race of 2018 having contested a 24 hour race (Daytona), a 12 hour race (Sebring) plus two four-hour races (Paul Ricard & Monza) and is his only scheduled FIA World Endurance Championship event this season. The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and is held on the Circuit de la Sarthe which contains a mix of closed public roads and dedicated sections of racing track, in which teams must balance the demands of speed with the cars' ability to run twice-around-the-clock while remaining free of crippling mechanical failure.

Monday 11 Jun: Scrutineering 1150-1220.
Wednesday 13 Jun: Free Practice 1600-2000; Qualifying 2200-0000.
Thursday 14 Jun: Qualifying 1900-2100 & 2200-0000.
Friday 15 Jun: Drivers’ Parade 1700-1830
Saturday 16 Jun: Warm-up 0900-0945; Race 1500.
Times above are local and +1hr to UK


Automobile Club de l'Ouest

11 June 2018

British Teenager Hanson Ready for Demanding Le mans Challenge


Jun 12
Busy day on the track today! Kicking off with 4 hours of @24hoursoflemans practice followed by the opening session of qualifying 😃🏁@UnitedAutosport #LeMans24
Jun 11
Scrutineering done and dusted yesterday in the city centre. Back on track tomorrow #LeMans24 Here's all the (local) timings for @FIAWEC Wed: 4pm-8pm FP; 10pm-12am Q1Thurs: 7pm-9pm Q2; 10pm-12am Q3Fri: 5:30-6:30pm Drivers Parade Sat: 9am-9:45am; 3pm 24 hours of Le Mans
Jun 1
✅Admin and meetings done💤Now time for some rest before hitting the #LeMans24 track for the only chance we’ll have to get some laps in prior to race week.Here’s the timings for @FIAWEC testing tomorrow⏰9:00am - 13:00pm ⏰14:00pm - 18:00pm@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jun 1
⏰Up bright and early for admin checks & briefing for @24hoursoflemans with @PaulDiResta and @AlbuquerqueFil Can’t wait to test the #22 on the track tomorrow! @LigierAutomotive @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited #LeMans24
May 31
📍Arrived in Le Mans! 🇫🇷Finally got that #FridayFeeling Absolutely buzzing for a busy weekend at @FIAWEC @24hoursoflemans #LeMans24
Jun 23
Just seen the video from our outing at #LeMans24. The end result definitely didn’t reflect our form. @AlbuquerqueFi @PaulDiResta. Great experience! #betterlucknexttime
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