HANSON CLAIMS HIS MAIDEN LE MANS 24 HOUR RACE VICTORY

Hanson claims his maiden Le Mans 24 Hour race victory
Phil Hanson claimed his maiden Le Mans 24 Hour race victory today (SUN) – a dominant win which earned him the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class title with one race remaining.

The 21-year-old Berkshire-based Briton along with Paul Di Resta (Scotland) and Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal), won the annual twice-around-the-clock endurance sportscar race in France by almost 33 seconds.

Their United Autosports Oreca started from pole-position on Saturday afternoon and was in contention for victory throughout, ultimately clocking 3,134-miles at an average speed of 130mph to earn the trio an LMP2 victory and fifth place overall.

Hanson, who had the honour of taking the chequered flag in the car, was competing in his fourth Le Mans 24 Hours and aiming to improve on a previous best fourth-place finish achieved last year.

Hanson earns the prestigious world LMP2 title in his first full WEC season having scored five podium top-three finishes in the previous six races – including consecutive wins in Bahrain, North America and Belgium. The final round of the eight-race series takes place in Bahrain on 14 November.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It feels like such a relief as I thought we had thrown it away in the last 30 minutes with everything kicking off with the safety car and the slow zones, so it's so rewarding to get it done and to win the championship as well.

These are the two goals we set out to achieve at the start of the year and you are never 100% confident that you can achieve them as the grid is so competitive and anything can go wrong at Le Mans, especially in the style we did it in too – pitting right at the end and not knowing if we would make it out in the lead again or if the other car had to pit.

It makes it even more of a rewarding feeling. I’m speechless. I’m obviously hugely delighted to win the world’s greatest sportscar race at only my fourth attempt and at the same time, claim the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship title in my first full WEC season.”

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@PHILHANSONRACE

Aug 30
What a tough race but we battled hard to take the win! 🏆I am so thrilled 😁 As always an amazing team effort @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport @EuropeanLMS #LECASTELLET240
Aug 29
We’ve had an amazing run so far in @EuropeanLMS & @FIAWEC - let’s hope we can keep the momentum going tonight! @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport #LECASTELLET240
Aug 29
P1 in quali & our third consecutive pole @EuropeanLMS. Great driving in wet conditions from @AlbuquerqueFil! Now for the race! @UnitedAutosport #LECASTELLET240 #BeUnited
Aug 26
So we’re back @PaulRicardTrack 🇫🇷 for RD3 of @EuropeanLMS #LECASTLELLET240. Here’s all the info you need:⏱28.08.20 - FP1: 14:15⏱28.08.20 - FP2: 21:00⏱29.08.20 - Quali: 12:20 / 🏁Race: 18:30@UnitedAutosport @Oreca @hrx_uk
Aug 24
We have a challenging race ahead with RD3 #LECASTELLET240 running at night - good prep for the big one though #lemans24! @EuropeanLMS @UnitedAutosport @AlbuquerqueFil #BeUnited
Aug 20
Some cool pics from @FIAWEC @circuitspa https://t.co/reZsDCRtDk @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @BRDCSilverstone @hrx_uk @StiloOfficial @AERO_Paint
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