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.


Dec 12
Team-mate @PaulDiResta achieved F1 career equalling P4 here in 2013 @BAH_Int_Circuit GP, just missing out on podium in closing stages. After 2 @FIAWEC consecutive podiums we’re focussed on a third but this time on the very top step @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1
Dec 12
@FIAWEC 30mins until FP1. I’ll take over from @PaulDiResta who is first out. Had a good look around @BAH_Int_Circuit yesterday. Awesome facility. Looking forward to driving it & experiencing these lights later @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Dec 11
First time at @BAH_Int_Circuit so it’s focus on today with track walk with @AlbuquerqueFil & @PaulDiResta then two free practice sessions tomorrow. #8HBAHRAIN @FIAWEC @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @hrx_uk @BRDCSuperStars
Dec 10
RT @PhilHansonRace: All set for the last @FIAWEC race of the year #8HBAHRAIN 🇧🇭Here are the all important race timings (+ 3 hrs UK):⏱12.1…
Dec 10
All set for the last @FIAWEC race of the year #8HBAHRAIN 🇧🇭Here are the all important race timings (+ 3 hrs UK):⏱12.12.19 - FP1: 15:00⏱12.12.19 - FP2: 19:30⏱13.12.19 - FP3: 11:20⏱13.12.19 - Quali: 17:30🏁14.12.19 - Race: 15:00@UnitedAutosport @Oreca #BeUnited
Dec 10
Attended @BRDCSilverstone Awards and saw Rookie of the Year @alex_albon Oh hang on .... @BRDCSuperStars