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.”


Oct 6
Learning I’ve scored my maiden @FIAWEC podium! #22 @UnitedAutosport @Oreca Moved up a place after post race scrutineering so officially P3. Thx @AlbuquerqueFil & @ollyjarvis but want to actually stand on the podium in China. @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 6
@FIAWEC P4 #6hFuji not what we wanted but will take it after electrical issues. 2nd, pressuring leader but engine cut out. Happened to @ollyjarvis & @AlbuquerqueFil too. @UnitedAutosport will work hard to find out what went wrong ready to push in China. Onwards and upward
Oct 6
@FIAWEC Moved up to P2 but almost immediately lost power, dropped to P5 @ollyjarvis takes over, inters gamble doesn’t pay off, back in for slicks, P5. But 2hr 30min remain. Never give up. @UnitedAutosport
Oct 5
Our #22 @Oreca starts #6hFuji P2 tomoz. @AlbuquerqueFil and I did our best and fantastic job by @UnitedAutosport who have worked hard for us to find a good set-up around @fswpress Fastest @Michelin_Sport LMP2. 2nd successive @FIAWEC class front row @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 5
@FIAWEC Ambient and track temps much higher, wind direction has changed as has air density so we need to dial #22 into something bit different for quali. Will it work? Let’s wait and see but @AlbuquerqueFil and I will be giving it our all @UnitedAutosport
Oct 5
@FIAWEC Pretty happy with balance of #22 @Oreca on my opening run in FP3. Seems like we have nice, compliant Racecar for #6HFuji tomoz. P5 in session. Quali up later @UnitedAutosport @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars