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.”


Jun 16
YES P4 @24hoursoflemans Battled hard for 6hrs with #30, we were secs ahead, but it got problem with 40mins remaining. We'll take it after last year's disappointment. I took the chequer - v proud! My sincere thanks to @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv @gibsontech1 @Michelin_Sport
Jun 16
Fighting like hell for P4. End of . . . nuff said @UnitedAutosport
Jun 16
Hanging in there in P6 @24hoursoflemans @AlbuquerqueFil had a drive thru then we needed to change door when lost side window glass. Still fighting for @UnitedAutosport ... long way still to go!
Jun 15
Out of #22 after first stints in 2019 @24hoursoflemans All good, car handling better than when @AlbuquerqueFil @PaulDiResta drove it. Currently placed P6. Light rain around. Should be back in @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv around half midnight - that'll be nice! Nite nite x
Jun 14
Town Centre parade was great fun this evening. We're now starting @24hoursoflemans from P6. Qualifying has been good. It's nice to start near the front of the LMP2 field. But now it's all about where we're placed come 3pm on Sunday afternoon @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv
Jun 14
RT @UnitedAutosport: 📹 sights and sounds of @24hoursoflemans so far #BeUnited @PhilHansonRace @AlbuquerqueFil @PaulDiResta @RyanCullenRace