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.


Dec 12
@FIAWEC P5 in FP2. I lost at least 0.5s with a mistake so our pace looks promising. First time under the lights at @BAH_Int_Circuit and it’s amazing. Like driving in daylight. Busy day tomorrow with FP2 & quali @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Dec 12
@FIAWEC Happy with FP1. Learned the track pretty quickly and got good feel for it. Tyre deg will be an interesting feature. More learning to do in FP2 which starts in 90mins @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Dec 12
@FIAWEC Decent start to #8HBahrain @BAH_Int_Circuit - @PaulDiResta puts our #22 @Oreca P1. We’ll take it but not getting carried away. Lots of work still to do by our hard-working @UnitedAutosport crew - bonus is weather is better here than back at UA’s new workshop in Wakefield
Dec 12
Team-mate @PaulDiResta achieved F1 career equalling P4 here in 2013 @BAH_Int_Circuit GP, just missing out on podium in closing stages. After 2 @FIAWEC consecutive podiums we’re focussed on a third but this time on the very top step @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1
Dec 12
@FIAWEC 30mins until FP1. I’ll take over from @PaulDiResta who is first out. Had a good look around @BAH_Int_Circuit yesterday. Awesome facility. Looking forward to driving it & experiencing these lights later @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Dec 11
First time at @BAH_Int_Circuit so it’s focus on today with track walk with @AlbuquerqueFil & @PaulDiResta then two free practice sessions tomorrow. #8HBAHRAIN @FIAWEC @UnitedAutosport @Oreca @hrx_uk @BRDCSuperStars