Phil Hanson scores hard-earned seventh place in Barcelona

Phil Hanson claimed a hard-earned seventh place in the third round of the European Le Mans Series at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last weekend (20 Jul). The result marked his third top-seven result in as many four-hour ELMS races this season at the wheel of the United Autosports #22 Ligier.

Co-driver Filipe Albuquerque set the 13th fastest time in qualifying with Phil, as usual, starting the race. But contact twice in the opening 15mins, both times Hanson the innocent party, necessitated an earlier than scheduled pit-stop to replace the damaged front nose dropping the #22 to 16th.

Hanson, at times the fastest car on track, lay 13th with an hour gone, Albuquerque taking over after 80mins and lay 10th at mid-distance. Phil was back in the #22 for the final hour and brought their Ligier home seventh in a race that started at 6.30pm, in ambient temperatures of almost 30C, and ended in full darkness.

Phil reflected: “The start was farcical and ruined our race. Rules state that you can’t go outside your lane before the start of the line so I obeyed it, unlike most of the grid, so I lost out on the initial start. The car in front of me didn’t get away as quickly and having lost my pace as I came back through really quickly and cleanly and then leaving as much room as I thought I possibly could in T10, I was hit. That car, and three others, gained which meant I had to come back through again. As I did, one of the cars went off at T3 and decided to re-join the track in front of me at T4 and just turn in to me. I tried to back out but by that point I was still half a car length alongside and we touched. The collision took off one of the dive planes and by the time we fixed the front end with a pit-stop, tyre damage had already been done. I pushed as hard as I could and got some good pace but the tyres were shot. I was back in for the final two stints, which I enjoyed, setting some good lap times.”

Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“It’s always difficult to recover from a poor qualifying and that’s the story of LMP2. There is not much you can do to improve in the early stages even though you are quick, you get stuck behind a car that is really difficult to overtake. Phil’s closing stint to close in on Pla, a seasoned pro in an ORECA, was a very good performance.”


Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

22 July 2019

Phil scores hard-earned seventh place in Barcelona


Jul 18
After a long 10 week break, great to get back to @EuropeanLMS action 😃 Taking #22 on track tomorrow afternoon!#4HBarcelona @UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jul 17
All the local timings you’ll need for @EuropeanLMS #4HBarcelona🇪🇸19/07/19:⏱FP 1: 14:00 Duration: 90 mins⏱FP 2: 21:30 Duration: 90 mins20/07/19⏱Quali: 11:30 Duration: 10 mins🏁Race: 18:30 Duration: 240 mins@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited
Jul 15
Absolutely buzzing to get to Barcelona this week for @EuropeanLMS Might need to brush up on my Spanish, but I can’t wait to get out on track @Circuitcat_eng 🇪🇸😎@UnitedAutosport #BeUnited #ELMS #4HBarcelona
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