Hanson confirms 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship programme

Britain’s rising sportscar star Phil Hanson will step up to the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship. The youngster remains with United Autosports while Filipe Albuquerque will be one of Phil’s co-drivers in the team’s Ligier JS P217.

Hanson joined the Anglo-American team at the end of 2017 and finished fifth in his first full European Le Mans Series campaign last year having won the final two races. He also raced in three IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen and currently leads the Asian Le Mans Series. Phil secured his maiden LMP2 pole position in Fuji at only his second LMP2 qualifying attempt.

Phil will again contest ELMS this year while the 2019-20 FIA WEC is scheduled to begin at Silverstone (1 Sep) and is expected to feature races at Fuji (Japan), Shanghai (China), Sakhir (Bahrain), São Paulo (Brazil), Sebring (USA) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), with the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours closing the season in June.

Phil commented: “I’m really excited to be doing WEC. I think it’s the obvious next step, having done ELMS, Asian Le Mans Series and selected IMSA rounds. I’m looking forward to continuing with United. The team has nurtured me and helped my development as a driver significantly in the last year so I’m looking forward to continuing that with them in a very professional environment. I’m excited to be driving on new circuits too such as São Paulo and Bahrain. They have definitely been on my radar of circuits I’ve wanted to race at. São Paulo has a lot of history and I’ve never been to Brazil so it will be exciting. I’m really looking forward to racing on a global platform.”


Jul 24
@FIAWEC Fantastic Prologue in new @UnitedAutosport @Oreca Exceeded expectations. 248-laps completed and super competitive Thx @UnitedAutosport & @Oreca for turning everything around so quickly for @Circuitcat_eng Cant wait for @SilverstoneUK race with @AlbuquerqueFil @PaulDiResta
Jul 23
@FIAWEC Great first day at Prologue is over. #22 P1 again in afternoon test. Another 62-laps completed. Thank you @UnitedAutosport & @Oreca Back in this beaut again tomorrow
Jul 23
There’s no greater feeling than being out on the track! @Circuitcat_eng ❤️Loved the first @FIAWEC Prologue test session, now it’s time for some admin before hitting the track again!#Prologue2019 @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jul 23
@FIAWEC Big smile on my face after morning test and first time in @Oreca Amazing! 62-laps clocked up by @PaulDiResta @AlbuquerqueFil @PhilHansonRace Paul P1, my time good enough for P3. Fantastic start to our programme but not getting carried away @UnitedAutosport
Jul 22
@FIAWEC Damn it, can't sleep. Too excited about driving this beauty in Prologue tomorrow @Oreca @UnitedAutosport @Circuitcat_eng
Jul 22
@FIAWEC @UnitedAutosport No, no no . . . seriously, NO MORE PHOTOS today! Just want to get out and drive our new @Oreca