HANSON DETERMINED TO SCORE SECOND CONSECUTIVE U.S. TOP-FIVE

Hanson determined to score second consecutive US top five at Watkins Glen

Phil Hanson heads for the penultimate round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup bidding to overcome the odds and score a podium finish next Sunday (1 Jul). The British teenager who was out of luck in his second Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 Jun), contests the Six-Hour race at Watkins Glen in New York State with Paul Di Resta (GB) and Bruno Senna (BR) in a United Autosports Ligier JS P217.

The United entry will immediately be at a disadvantage if this year’s previous WeatherTech Sportscar Championship races are a formguide. The “Balance of Performance” in which the series organiser’s role is to bring the two front-running DPi and LMP2 classes together in terms of performance, is massively distorted towards the American DPi cars. This is confirmed by the fact that only once has a LMP2 class car, which race predominantly in Europe, has made it onto the podium – in third place – in the five races run to date.

Gremlins ultimately ensured an unrepresentative 13th class finish in the Daytona 24 Hours (27-28 Jan) for Londoner Hanson plus co-drivers Fernando Alonso, the double former F1 World Champion, and Lando Norris. Phil, along with Di Resta and Alex Brundle, then recorded an encouraging fifth place in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (17 Mar).

The teenager, who lies 10th at the midway stage of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, looked to be heading towards a LMP2 class podium at Le Mans but Di Resta crashed out with less than five hours remaining. Hanson has never previously visited the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International track, a venue that staged the US F1 race between 1961-80 and included wins by Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and James Hunt. Fellow Briton Derek Bell was victorious in a sportscar race while the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen is scheduled to start at 2.45pm (UK) on Sunday.

Phil Hanson heads for the penultimate round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup

 

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Watkins Glen International

25 June 2018

Hanson determined to score second consecutive US top five
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@PHILHANSONRACE

Jul 4
4th at #6HoursoftheGlen but should have and could have been better - but certain things out of our control! https://t.co/9plxBVkGnG
Jun 25
#DreamTeam #nuffsaid @UnitedAutosport @WGI @IMSA #6HoursoftheGlen @PaulDiResta @BSenna
Jun 25
We're ready for you #6HoursoftheGlen! Time to 'shake 'n' bake' @PaulDiResta @BSenna @WGI @IMSA https://t.co/lWzOX83oXt
Jun 22
See all the photos from our trip to #LeMans24 last weekend. Now prepping for my next challenge at #6HoursoftheGlen at Watkins Glen @WGI @IMSAhttps://t.co/2yDjqrE5xv
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