HANSON ON A MISSION TO PROVE A POINT IN SEBRING RACE DÉBUT

Phil Hanson starts the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday (17 Mar) eager to add his name to the historic race’s impressive Roll of Honour. The 18-year-old Briton shares the United Autosports Ligier JS P217 LMP2 sports-prototype with ex-Formula 1 and DTM champion Paul Di Resta (GB) plus Alex Brundle (GB) in the Florida race being run for the 66th time.

And while the second round of the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup is only Hanson’s eighth LMP2 race of his career, the London teenager is focussed on following in the wheel tracks of Stirling Moss by winning the annual race outright. Hanson’s Ligier led the opening race at Daytona multiple times in January while gremlins ultimately caused an unrepresentative 13th class finish.

But a positive two-day test at Sebring last month (22-23 Feb) in which the Ligier consistently set competitive lap times and ran faultlessly clocking up over 1,000 trouble-free miles, leaves Hanson confident of earning his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points of his career despite the race marking his Sebring début. Earlier this month, Phil clocked up further mileage in a successful Dunlop tyre test at Aragon in Spain (4-5 Mar).

Sebring is very tough on man and machine. The 3.74-mile track is notoriously bumpy, placing huge demands on the car’s components in a race where the winning car will likely clock up over 1,000-miles at an average speed of more than 100mph. In addition to the driver having to cope with the constant pounding and jarring caused by the uneven, mainly concrete track surface which buffets the car around, the race is expected to run in ambient temperatures exceeding 25 degrees Celsius. Four practice sessions, starting on Thursday (15 Mar), precede qualifying to set grid positions for the expected 43-car field. Saturday’s race is scheduled to start at 10.40am (local time). Sebring is -4hrs UK time.

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Sebring International Raceway

12 March 2018

Hanson on a mission to prove a point in Sebring race début

@PHILHANSONRACE

Mar 31
The atmosphere at #Sebring was unbelievable - read all about it in my latest journal entry from #Sebring12 https://t.co/bnohtnkfoe
Mar 29
There’s a new journal entry up - all about #Sebring12 and our top 5 place! @PaulDiResta @AlexBrundle #BeUnited https://t.co/bnohtnkfoe
Mar 27
Have you seen my video from Sebring? See how we got on, and get a few behind-the-scenes shots of the #Sebring12 with @PaulDiResta, @AlexBrundle and @UnitedAutosports https://t.co/GZY36OjXBQ
Mar 17
With 1/3rd race approaching, we're running P9 but leading "LMP2 class"! Took over from starting @PaulDiResta & had good 1.5hr stint myself. @AlexBrundle now in car. We'll keep pushing @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
Mar 17
Having a quick breakkie with @PaulDiResta & @AlexBrundle Paul starts then me. Let’s do this @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
Mar 16
Unfortunately @PaulDiResta suffered lack of top-speed in qualifying. Start from 8th row tomorrow. Looks like an engine change is needed. Must fight our way through @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
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