Phil Hanson completes testing for 12 Hours of Sebring

Phil Hanson has just completed the busiest start to a year the young Briton has ever experienced in his short motor racing career – and the talented youngster shows no sign of slowing down.

Having clocked up over 1,500-miles behind the wheel of United Autosports’ Ligier JS P217 LMP2 sports-prototype in the first two months of the year, the 2016-17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion now focuses on February’s activities that include a Dunlop tyre test at Aragon in Spain before making his Sebring 12 Hour race début.

In January, the 18-year-old contested the Roar Before the 24 then the Rolex 24 At Daytona, both with former double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and 2018 McLaren F1 Test & Reserve driver Lando Norris.

The Daytona event marked Phil’s maiden car race in North America while this week (22-23 Feb), Hanson acclimatized himself to the 3.74-mile Sebring circuit, also in Florida, in advance of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (17 Mar).

Prior to the Sebring race, Hanson will be joined by his 2018 European Le Mans Series co-driver Filipe Albuquerque (POR) at an official Dunlop tyre test at Aragon (SP) (4-8 Mar).

Hanson, who only began racing sports-prototypes at the end of 2016, having starting karting two years earlier, shared the United Ligier with Paul Di Resta (GB) and Alex Brundle (GB) at Sebring this week. The trio enjoyed a trouble-free two-day test which bodes well for the Sebring race.


Jun 16
YES P4 @24hoursoflemans Battled hard for 6hrs with #30, we were secs ahead, but it got problem with 40mins remaining. We'll take it after last year's disappointment. I took the chequer - v proud! My sincere thanks to @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv @gibsontech1 @Michelin_Sport
Jun 16
Fighting like hell for P4. End of . . . nuff said @UnitedAutosport
Jun 16
Hanging in there in P6 @24hoursoflemans @AlbuquerqueFil had a drive thru then we needed to change door when lost side window glass. Still fighting for @UnitedAutosport ... long way still to go!
Jun 15
Out of #22 after first stints in 2019 @24hoursoflemans All good, car handling better than when @AlbuquerqueFil @PaulDiResta drove it. Currently placed P6. Light rain around. Should be back in @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv around half midnight - that'll be nice! Nite nite x
Jun 14
Town Centre parade was great fun this evening. We're now starting @24hoursoflemans from P6. Qualifying has been good. It's nice to start near the front of the LMP2 field. But now it's all about where we're placed come 3pm on Sunday afternoon @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv
Jun 14
RT @UnitedAutosport: 📹 sights and sounds of @24hoursoflemans so far #BeUnited @PhilHansonRace @AlbuquerqueFil @PaulDiResta @RyanCullenRace