Phil finishes second in final ELMS race of 2019

Phil Hanson signed off from the 2019 European Le Mans Series at Portimão with a podium finish along with co-driver Filipe Albuquerque. Hanson and Albuquerque finished second having looked likely to score a second consecutive ELMS victory and a repeat of last year’s Portugal race win for much of the four-hour race.

Phil started the #22 Oreca from pole-position, Albuquerque having set the fastest time in qualifying the previous day, and made a good start, before a multi-car accident on the opening lap caused a red flag. The race resumed almost an hour later and Phil, who set the fastest lap of the race, stretched out a healthy lead before pitting to Albuquerque with 105mins remaining under Full Course Yellow.

Crucially with just over an hour to go, another Safety Car slashed Filipe’s 40secs lead before pitting to Phil. With 51 minutes remaining, the Safety Car period ended and Phil resumed the race in the lead but unfortunately dropped to second with just 33 minutes remaining, the #22 Oreca ultimately taking the chequered flag a mere 0.496secs behind the winning car. 


Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão

27 October 2019

Phil finishes second in final ELMS race of 2019


Oct 27
Podium in final race of @EuropeanLMS season but gutted as led for most of the race but overtaken near finish. Missed out on 2nd consecutive #4HPORTIMAO by 0.496s! @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport gave our all. Unlucky today @Oreca @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 26
After a full-on day with P1 in FP2 and quali our #22 @Oreca starts the race tomorrow from pole position on the grid. @AlbuquerqueFil & I will give it everything in the final race of the season! 🏁#BeUnited @EuropeanLMS @UnitedAutosport #4HPORTIMAO
Oct 25
What a cracking start to the weekend! FP1 done and #22 posted P2! Really happy with the car so far - the perfect start! That’s what we like @AlbuquerqueFil @UnitedAutosport Let’s keep up the pressure for FP2 & quali tomorrow. #4HPORTIMAO @EuropeanLMS
Oct 24
.@EuropeanLMS Solid start to #4HPORTIMAO 3 test sessions yesterday - P3, P1 & P1. Positive runs achieving good balance. #22 @Oreca completed 73-laps. Scrutineering, admin checks, track walk today then back on track tomoz @UnitedAutosport @gibsontech1 @BRDCSuperStars
Oct 23
All the local timings you need for @EuropeanLMS @AIAPortimao #4HPORTIMAO 🇵🇹:⏱25.10.19 - FP1: 12:45 Duration: 90 mins⏱26.10.19 - FP2: 11:35 Duration: 90 mins⏱26.10.19 - Quali: 16:20 Duration: 10 mins🏁27.10.19 - Race: 12:30 Duration: 240 mins@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Oct 21
It’s season finale time @EuropeanLMS #4HPORTIMAO. We’re heading out to Portugal with our sights firmly set on a repeat of our winning performance last year! Want to have this feeling again! @AIAPortimao @Oreca @UnitedAutosport @AlbuquerqueFil
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