HANSON SHOWS NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN IN THE FAST LANE

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.

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Apr 14
Decent @EuropeanLMS points today with P6. Highest-placed @LigierAutomotiv Best we could do @PaulRicardTrack Enjoyed 2hr 45min stint b4 giving #22 to @PaulDiResta Great strategy by @UnitedAutosport
Apr 13
P6 in quali from @PaulDiResta Didn't have outright speed but long run pace in practice looks good for tomorrow's race. #4HLECASTELLET @PaulRicardTrack #BeUnited @EuropeanLMS @UnitedAutosport
Apr 12
Head in the game - FP1 done and #22 posted P7. More track time tomorrow in FP2 before quali @PaulDiResta @EuropeanLMS @UnitedAutosport #4HLECASTELLET
Apr 10
All the timings ⏱️you need for @EuropeanLMS RD 1 #4HLECASTELLET @PaulRicardTrack 🇫🇷 - FP 1: Fri 12th 11:05 90 min.- FP 2: Sat 13th 09:00 90 min.- Quali - LMP2: Sat 13th 13:35 10 min.- Race: Sun 14th 12:30 240 min.@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Apr 9
And that’s a wrap for the @EuropeanLMS Prologue! Good mileage put in; valuable data gathered. We’ve got a great car in the #22. Bring on ELMS RD1 FP1 on Friday morning! #BeUnited @UnitedAutosport @PaulDiResta @AlbuquerqueFil
Apr 8
Time to get my butt back in a very fast car #22 @LigierAutomotiv! See you soon @EuropeanLMS Prologue @PaulRicardTrack @UnitedAutosport @AlbuquerqueFil #BeUnited
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