HANSON PREPARES FOR THIRD LE MANS WITH PRODUCTIVE TEST

Hanson prepares for third Le Mans with productive test

Phil Hanson warmed-up for this month’s Le Mans 24 Hours by clocking-up valuable mileage at today’s (2 Jun) official test day in France in preparation for the annual sportscar endurance race. The #22 Ligier completed almost 700 trouble-free miles during the eight-hour test session, with Phil himself recording 35-laps (296-miles) in dry and hot weather conditions.

The 19-year-old, who races a United Autosports Ligier in the LMP2 category with Filipe Albuquerque (POR) and fellow Briton Paul Di Resta, will be making his third Le Mans race appearance having made his début two years ago.

Their #22 Ligier set the 15th fastest LMP2 time around the 8.47-mile circuit featuring closed public roads but the day was more about achieving a base set-up so that the car can be fine-tuned for the unique nature of the ultra-fast road course during race week itself. Hanson became the youngest overall finisher in the history of the world-famous event in 2017 when he placed 11th. Today was the one and only opportunity the invited 62-car entry for the 87thrunning of the race could experience the track prior to race week.

Phil, who earlier this year won the Asian Le Mans Series outright, stays on at Le Mans to “shakedown” the #22 Ligier on the Le Mans “Bugatti” track on Tuesday. Following today’s eight-hour test, the Ligier will be stripped and rebuilt with new components ready for the opening four-hour practice session on Wednesday 12 June prior to the first qualifying time trials later that evening. Scrutineering and administration is staged during the afternoon of Monday 10 June. The race is held on 15-16 June.

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Le Mans, France

02 June 2019

Hanson prepares for third Le Mans with productive test

@PHILHANSONRACE

Jun 12
Busy day on the track today! Kicking off with 4 hours of @24hoursoflemans practice followed by the opening session of qualifying 😃🏁@UnitedAutosport #LeMans24
Jun 11
Scrutineering done and dusted yesterday in the city centre. Back on track tomorrow #LeMans24 Here's all the (local) timings for @FIAWEC Wed: 4pm-8pm FP; 10pm-12am Q1Thurs: 7pm-9pm Q2; 10pm-12am Q3Fri: 5:30-6:30pm Drivers Parade Sat: 9am-9:45am; 3pm 24 hours of Le Mans
Jun 1
✅Admin and meetings done💤Now time for some rest before hitting the #LeMans24 track for the only chance we’ll have to get some laps in prior to race week.Here’s the timings for @FIAWEC testing tomorrow⏰9:00am - 13:00pm ⏰14:00pm - 18:00pm@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jun 1
⏰Up bright and early for admin checks & briefing for @24hoursoflemans with @PaulDiResta and @AlbuquerqueFil Can’t wait to test the #22 on the track tomorrow! @LigierAutomotive @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited #LeMans24
May 31
📍Arrived in Le Mans! 🇫🇷Finally got that #FridayFeeling Absolutely buzzing for a busy weekend at @FIAWEC @24hoursoflemans #LeMans24
Jun 23
Just seen the video from our outing at #LeMans24. The end result definitely didn’t reflect our form. @AlbuquerqueFi @PaulDiResta. Great experience! #betterlucknexttime https://t.co/IPjASkUqnr
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