HANSON EAGERLY LOOKING AHEAD TO MORE US RACES

Phil Hanson eagerly looking forward to more US races

Phil Hanson is already looking forward to making a speedy return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in March after experiencing heartache on his Rolex 24 At Daytona début this weekend (27-28 Jan).

The 2016-17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion, competing in his first race for the Anglo-American United Autosports team, plus fellow 18-year-old Lando Norris and double former F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, recorded an unrepresentative 13th in class in their United Autosports Ligier JS P217 sports-prototype in the twice-around-the-clock event in Florida.

The trio clocked-up 718-laps, over 2,500-miles, having looked set for a top-five if not a rostrum finish before delays caused by minor but time-consuming problems.

But Phil, who drove for a total of almost six hours in four separate stints around the demanding 3.6-mile Daytona International Speedway, will now compete in the three remaining Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup events in addition to his already announced six-race ELMS and Le Mans 24 Hour race programme with United.

Indeed, Hanson returns to Florida for the Sebring 12 Hours (17 Mar) before his European campaign gets underway at Paul Ricard (F) in April. The other two prestigious U.S. races are at Watkins Glen (1 Jul) then the Petit Le Mans (13 Oct).

As early as hour four Phil’s Ligier was placed second and remained in the top-six until one-third distance. Hanson took over from the starting Alonso two hours into the race yesterday afternoon and was back in the Ligier just gone 9pm. But just after 10pm last night, his #23 Ligier suffered a right, rear puncture and after a pit-stop for new bodywork, Alonso resuming 11th but over three laps down on the leader.

The former double F1 world champion had recovered to sixth but at 1am suffered a brake problem necessitating a 40mins stop for repairs. Phil impressed with another spell of night driving from 4am but later this morning, a further 10mins were lost due to a throttle sensor issue, before Hanson jumped back into the Ligier just after 10am this morning prior to the Ligier suffering further braking issues.

Hanson can count himself unlucky not to have registered a podium result on his United and Rolex 24 début.

@PHILHANSONRACE

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
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