Hanson aiming to sign off from ELMS season in style

Britain’s Phil Hanson is aiming to bring down the curtain on his 2019 European Le Mans Series campaign in style. The 20-year-old won the corresponding four-hour race at Portimão in Portugal for United Autosports with co-driver Filipe Abuquerque last year and is determined for further success this time around on 27 October.

Hanson heads to Portugal in top-form having won the last ELMS race (Spa-Francorchamps, 22 Sep) – also setting the fastest race lap – as well as scoring his maiden FIA World Endurance Championship career podium (Fuji, 6 Oct) in United’s new Oreca. Phil currently lies fifth in the LMP2 Driver’s standings, a position he claimed in the final 2018 table – a year which marked his first full ELMS campaign.

“It was obviously fantastic to score my first-ever WEC podium at Fuji recently but now it’s all about finishing off the ELMS season on a high. Filipe and I arrived in Portugal last year having won the previous race at Spa and the scenario is exactly the same and we’re both hoping we can repeat our Portimão win again which is obviously Filipe’s ‘home’ race. Last year’s victory there was one of our strongest and toughest wins, I drove a near quadruple stint.

“This will only be my second time racing at Portimão and I like the track. It’ll be the first time that we’ve raced the Oreca there so it may take a little time to dial-in the car but I’m sure we’ll achieve a good set-up pretty quickly. The United team are doing a really good job and we’re learning with the new car every time we go out. With the track being similar to what we have seen at Spa, I am pretty confident that we can get it in a good window.

“Filipe and I aren’t fighting for the ELMS title but it is always nice to show what we could have done had we had the same variables that we now have which we also made the most of in Japan. Filipe and I claimed a front row place there, and we’re aiming to start the #22 from the front row for a fifth consecutive race in Portugal, and go on to achieve a third consecutive race podium finish.”



Oct 27
Podium in final race of @EuropeanLMS season but gutted as led for most of the race but overtaken near finish. Missed out on 2nd consecutive #4HPORTIMAO by 0.496s! @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport gave our all. Unlucky today @Oreca @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 26
After a full-on day with P1 in FP2 and quali our #22 @Oreca starts the race tomorrow from pole position on the grid. @AlbuquerqueFil & I will give it everything in the final race of the season! 🏁#BeUnited @EuropeanLMS @UnitedAutosport #4HPORTIMAO
Oct 25
What a cracking start to the weekend! FP1 done and #22 posted P2! Really happy with the car so far - the perfect start! That’s what we like @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport Let’s keep up the pressure for FP2 & quali tomorrow. #4HPORTIMAO @EuropeanLMS
Oct 24
.@EuropeanLMS Solid start to #4HPORTIMAO 3 test sessions yesterday - P3, P1 & P1. Positive runs achieving good balance. #22 @Oreca completed 73-laps. Scrutineering, admin checks, track walk today then back on track tomoz @UnitedAutosport @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 23
All the local timings you need for @EuropeanLMS @AIAPortimao #4HPORTIMAO 🇵🇹:⏱25.10.19 - FP1: 12:45 Duration: 90 mins⏱26.10.19 - FP2: 11:35 Duration: 90 mins⏱26.10.19 - Quali: 16:20 Duration: 10 mins🏁27.10.19 - Race: 12:30 Duration: 240 mins@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Oct 21
It’s season finale time @EuropeanLMS #4HPORTIMAO. We’re heading out to Portugal with our sights firmly set on a repeat of our winning performance last year! Want to have this feeling again! @AIAPortimao @Oreca @UnitedAutosport @AlbuquerqueFil
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