ROLLERCOASTER RACE FOR HANSON AT MONZA!

Rollercoaster race for Phil Hanson at Monza

A 10th place finish for Phil Hanson and co-driver Filipe Albuquerque’s Ligier JS P217 came as a major disappointment, after the car ran fast and without any issues throughout the four-hour race, and having led the race at times.

The #22 car of Hanson and Albuquerque shone early on. Hanson started the race fourth and had a clean run through the opening laps. From there, he climbed the order to second in class by lap 15 after the team opted not to pit during the first of four safety car periods in the first half of the race. Hanson was calm and collected throughout and kept up with the leading pack throughout the interruptions caused by various incidents, eventually putting himself in position to take the lead of the race early in the third hour, before handing the car over to Albuquerque in third with 80 minutes remaining.

Due to the variation in strategies up and down the order in LMP2 though, Albuquerque fell away after battling in the top three early in the fourth hour. He ended up running fourth after the final round of scheduled stops, having to save fuel through what was a remarkably clean second half to the race. To make matters worse, his chances of fighting for a podium were then effectively ended when he received a drive-through penalty for a minor collision with an LMP3 runner. The penalty, in addition to a late stop for a splash of fuel, dropped the #22 Ligier to 10th, where it would finish.

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Autodromo Nazionale Monza

14 May 2018

Rollercoaster race for Hanson at Monza!
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