HANSON CONFIRMS 2019-20 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMME

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.”

@PHILHANSONRACE

Feb 9
Counting down the days to @AsianLMS finale at @sepangcircuit . @PaulDiResta & I well placed in lead for @UnitedAutosport but not over until the fat lady sings
Jan 31
RT @AlbuquerqueFil: Sorry but got to love this 😂.
Jan 15
I may have scored my maiden @AsianLMS win but feeling a little underwhelmed. Sounds bizarre I know, so have a read of my latest journal and all will become clear! #4HBuriram #EnduranceRacingforAsia #AsianLeMans https://t.co/nUILlWEF6o
Jan 12
@AsianLMS Apologies for the "radio"silence but I've only just gone and won my first #AsianLeMans race! Winner, winner chicken dinner in the #4HBuriram - quite apt for here in Thailand! Sincere thanks to @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv #EnduranceRacingforAsia
Jan 12
RT @BRDCRisingStars: Busy weekend ahead for three of our Rising Stars. Best of luck to @CNobleracing qualifying P4 in the LMP3 class and @P
Jan 11
@AsianLMS At 11.45am / 4.45am (UK) I'll start the #22 @LigierAutomotiv from the #4HBuriram front row aiming along with @PaulDiResta to extend our #AsianLeMans champ lead. It's going to hot and humid but @UnitedAutosport has given us a fantastic car to fight for our maiden win
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