Hanson gets busy 2018 race season underway at Daytona

Phil embarks on what will be his busiest motor racing season in his short career when the British teenager makes his Rolex 24 At Daytona début this coming weekend (27-28 Jan).

The 2016-17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion contests his maiden race for United Autosports and lines-up in a star-studded driver roster. Phil, who became the youngest overall finisher in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours by claiming 11th last June – ninth in LMP2 – shares a Ligier JS P217 sports-prototype with Spain’s double former F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and McLaren F1’s 2018 official test and reserve driver Lando Norris for the twice-around-the-clock marathon in Florida.

Phil Hanson will race the LMP2 at the Rolex at Daytona 24 Hours
Eighteen-year-old Phil, from Sunningdale near London, contested six events last year and despite not having raced since last August, is nevertheless in tip-top physical and mental condition. He is also well-honed to the LMP2 class Ligier having clocked up almost 4,000 miles in testing over the past six months.

Despite only starting his motorsport career in 2014, he begins the annual American race on Saturday at 2.40pm (local) with far more experience of the sportscar category than single-seater specialists Alonso and Norris put together. Indeed, the Daytona race marks Phil’s second career 24 hour race while Fernando and Lando will both be experiencing their first while also racing a sportscar for the first time.

Phil’s only previous race in America was a kart event in Las Vegas almost three years ago and had never even visited Daytona Beach, situated less than 100miles northeast of Orlando, until contesting official tests for the high-quality 50-car field earlier this month (5-7 Jan). Phil clocked up 75 laps around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway circuit comprising of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course at the three-day test.

Phil, who flew back to Daytona on 21 Jan, headed to the West Palm Beach circuit - 200miles from Daytona - on 22 Jan to “shakedown” both his and the team’s “sister” Ligier. He continues with practice tomorrow (25 Jan) followed by a 15mins qualifying session to set grid positions in the afternoon (4.45pm).

The 56th running of the Daytona race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 2.40pm.


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