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.


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