Phil Hanson claims emphatic maiden outright Asian LMS race victory

Britain’s Phil Hanson scored his maiden Asian Le Mans Series outright race victory in dominant style in the 4 Hours of Buriram (12 Jan), the third and penultimate round of the championship.

The #22 Ligier JS P2 Nissan he shared with Paul Di Resta (GB) recorded an emphatic near two-lap victory staged at the 2.83-mile Chang International Circuit in front of a crowd of tens of thousands on “Children’s Day” in Thailand.

The British duo, who had finished second in the previous two races, now have a healthy 18-point advantage in the series with a maximum of 26-points on offer in the finalé staged at Sepang on 24 February.

Phil secured a second consecutive front row start in qualifying on Friday and although dropped to P3 at the start of the race, was leading after 6mins and impressively extended his lead to 34secs after just 30mins.

The #22 led by 41secs at one-quarter distance, and made use of the race’s only Full Course Yellow with just over 90mins gone, to pit with the race neutralised and led by 46secs at mid-distance.

Phil finally handed over the leading #22 to Di Resta after a marathon 143mins stint, having led from lap 4, in plus 32C ambient weather conditions – now with a 39secs advantage – but was back behind the wheel with 47mins remaining, Hanson having to take over due to Di Resta’s restricted regulation driving time.

The #22 ultimately took the chequered flag almost two laps ahead after 158-laps – Phil taking on a splash of fuel with less than two minutes of the race remaining.


Buriram Chang International Circuit, Thailand

14 January 2019

Phil claims emphatic maiden outright Asian LMS race victory


Jan 15
I may have scored my maiden @AsianLMS win but feeling a little underwhelmed. Sounds bizarre I know, so have a read of my latest journal and all will become clear! #4HBuriram #EnduranceRacingforAsia #AsianLeMans
Jan 12
@AsianLMS Apologies for the "radio"silence but I've only just gone and won my first #AsianLeMans race! Winner, winner chicken dinner in the #4HBuriram - quite apt for here in Thailand! Sincere thanks to @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv #EnduranceRacingforAsia
Jan 11
@AsianLMS At 11.45am / 4.45am (UK) I'll start the #22 @LigierAutomotiv from the #4HBuriram front row aiming along with @PaulDiResta to extend our #AsianLeMans champ lead. It's going to hot and humid but @UnitedAutosport has given us a fantastic car to fight for our maiden win
Jan 11
@AsianLMS P2 in qually for tomorrow's #4HBuriram - second consecutive front row start for the #22 @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv#AsianLeMans #EnduranceRacingforAsia
Jan 11
@AsianLMS P3 in FP2 which was interrupted for 75mins due to Red Flag. FCY disrupted what would have been my quickest lap. Qualifying next 5pm/10am UK so no excuses not to watch live back home @UnitedAutosport #4HBuriram #AsianLeMans #EnduranceRacingforAsia
Jan 11
@AsianLMS Good long full tank run in this morning's FP1. @PaulDiResta set our best time for P2. My time would have put us P3. Importantly another 51-laps under our belt. FP2 at 12.30 (local) @UnitedAutosport @LigierAutomotiv #4HBuriram #AsianLeMans #EnduranceRacingforAsia
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