HANSON SUFFERS HEARTACHE IN SECOND LE MANS 24 HOUR RACE

Hanson suffers heartache in second Le Mans 24 Hour race

Phil Hanson suffered heartache in the Le Mans 24 Hours that finished this afternoon (17 Jun). The British teenager, who became the youngest overall finisher in the 94-year history of the annual Le Mans race on his début last year by placing 11th, had looked set to record a top-four LMP2 category result – and a top-10 overall placing – in this year’s French race. But his United Autosports entered Ligier JSP217 he shared with Filipe Albuquerque (POR) and Paul Di Resta (GB) suffered major damage when Di Resta crashed out of fourth place with less than five hours to run. London-based Phil was the youngest driver in this year’s race that attracted 180 drivers.

The Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta #22 Ligier started the twice around the clock race at 3pm yesterday afternoon having achieved the eighth fastest time in the 20-car LMP2 class after six-hours of qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Albuquerque ran just inside the top-10 with Hanson climbing behind the wheel for the first time just before 5pm but frustratingly spent almost seven-minutes in the pits before he took to the track after GPS repairs on the #22 Ligier and dropping to 16th, crucially two laps down.

Phil Hanson raced alongside Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta

Phil completed a 3hr plus, 43-lap stint, climbing out of the car at 8pm in 12thplace. After further stints by Le Mans débutant Di Resta plus Albuquerque, Hanson was back in the Ligier just after 1am and ticked off 40-laps with a 2.5hr stint and now placed eighth. At mid-distance, the #22 lay eighth while Albuquerque ran fifth before handing the car back over to Phil at 8.32am this morning for another solid 10-lap job and now challenged for fourth place. Di Resta, who had taken over from Hanson at 9.09am moved into fourth with a little over five hours remaining but at 10.01am, the Scotsman crashed heavily at the Porsche Curves, ending the #22 Ligier’s race.

Hanson’s next race is the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup event at Watkins Glen next month (1 July) before returning to European Le Mans Series action at the Red Bull Ring in Austria (22 July).

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Automobile Club de l'Ouest

17 June 2018

Hanson suffers heartache in second Le Mans 24 Hour race

@PHILHANSONRACE

Jun 23
Just seen the video from our outing at #LeMans24. The end result definitely didn’t reflect our form. @AlbuquerqueFi @PaulDiResta. Great experience! #betterlucknexttime https://t.co/IPjASkUqnr
Jun 22
See all the photos from our trip to #LeMans24 last weekend. Now prepping for my next challenge at #6HoursoftheGlen at Watkins Glen @WGI @IMSAhttps://t.co/2yDjqrE5xv
Jun 21
Thanks to my 2 great co-drivers at #LeMans24 @AlbuquerqueFi @PaulDiResta. ‘Hugely disappointing but motor racing and this race especially can be like that.’ #onwardsandupwards #racinglife
Jun 18
@24hoursoflemans Wow! Sister @ligiersportcars is now provisional P3 after post-race pens. Fantastic! Massive congratulations @UnitedAutosport @richardadean @ZBrownCEO thoroughly deserved @jpmontoya @Wowen23 @hugodesadeleer Jealous/envious, moi?#LeMans24 #WEC #BeUnited #Mobil1RLM
Jun 17
@24hoursoflemans Gutted but no blame on @PaulDiResta whatsoever. He and @AlbuquerqueFil drove the @UnitedAutosport @ligiersportcars brilliantly. A podium escaped us on this occasion. Okay, we'll just have to come back next year! #LeMans24 #WEC #BeUnited #Mobil1RLM
Jun 17
@24hoursoflemans Excuse me while I just .... #LeMans24 #WEC #BeUnited #Mobil1RLM
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