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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Oct 6
Learning I’ve scored my maiden @FIAWEC podium! #22 @UnitedAutosport @Oreca Moved up a place after post race scrutineering so officially P3. Thx @AlbuquerqueFil & @ollyjarvis but want to actually stand on the podium in China. @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 6
@FIAWEC P4 #6hFuji not what we wanted but will take it after electrical issues. 2nd, pressuring leader but engine cut out. Happened to @ollyjarvis & @AlbuquerqueFil too. @UnitedAutosport will work hard to find out what went wrong ready to push in China. Onwards and upward
Oct 6
@FIAWEC Moved up to P2 but almost immediately lost power, dropped to P5 @ollyjarvis takes over, inters gamble doesn’t pay off, back in for slicks, P5. But 2hr 30min remain. Never give up. @UnitedAutosport
Oct 5
Our #22 @Oreca starts #6hFuji P2 tomoz. @AlbuquerqueFil and I did our best and fantastic job by @UnitedAutosport who have worked hard for us to find a good set-up around @fswpress Fastest @Michelin_Sport LMP2. 2nd successive @FIAWEC class front row @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 5
@FIAWEC Ambient and track temps much higher, wind direction has changed as has air density so we need to dial #22 into something bit different for quali. Will it work? Let’s wait and see but @AlbuquerqueFil and I will be giving it our all @UnitedAutosport
Oct 5
@FIAWEC Pretty happy with balance of #22 @Oreca on my opening run in FP3. Seems like we have nice, compliant Racecar for #6HFuji tomoz. P5 in session. Quali up later @UnitedAutosport @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
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