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

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Jun 12
Busy day on the track today! Kicking off with 4 hours of @24hoursoflemans practice followed by the opening session of qualifying 😃🏁@UnitedAutosport #LeMans24
Jun 11
Scrutineering done and dusted yesterday in the city centre. Back on track tomorrow #LeMans24 Here's all the (local) timings for @FIAWEC Wed: 4pm-8pm FP; 10pm-12am Q1Thurs: 7pm-9pm Q2; 10pm-12am Q3Fri: 5:30-6:30pm Drivers Parade Sat: 9am-9:45am; 3pm 24 hours of Le Mans
Jun 1
✅Admin and meetings done💤Now time for some rest before hitting the #LeMans24 track for the only chance we’ll have to get some laps in prior to race week.Here’s the timings for @FIAWEC testing tomorrow⏰9:00am - 13:00pm ⏰14:00pm - 18:00pm@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jun 1
⏰Up bright and early for admin checks & briefing for @24hoursoflemans with @PaulDiResta and @AlbuquerqueFil Can’t wait to test the #22 on the track tomorrow! @LigierAutomotive @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited #LeMans24
May 31
📍Arrived in Le Mans! 🇫🇷Finally got that #FridayFeeling Absolutely buzzing for a busy weekend at @FIAWEC @24hoursoflemans #LeMans24
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
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