STORMING HANSON CLAIMS EXCELLENT TOP-FIVE PLACING IN MAIDEN SEBRING RACE

Phil Hanson Sebring 12 Hours

Phil Hanson claimed an excellent top-five placing in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring yesterday (17 Mar). The teenager now lies 10th at the midway stage of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup after the United Autosports Ligier JS P217 LMP2 sports-prototype he shared with fellow Britons Paul Di Resta and Alex Brundle came home in a splendid fifth position. Sebring débutant Hanson, who drove a storming race, now switches his attention to his first full European Le Mans Series season and second 24 Hours of Le Mans outing ahead of the third and penultimate round of the NAEC at Watkins Glen in July.

The Hanson/Di Resta/Brundle Ligier started the annual race from the seventh row of the 43-car grid with Di Resta at the wheel who registered a disappointing 16 th fastest time due to lack of power which prompted an overnight engine change. Phil took over the Ligier shortly before 12noon for the first time and continued to run just outside the top-10 in 11 th position but after a consistent, cool-headed 90-minute double stint handed over to Brundle in ninth. Hanson was back in to the Liger at 6pm and lay fifth after a lightning fast pit-stop by the United crew. The British teenager produced a scintillating double stint and was up to fourth 15mins later and actually ran third but was powerless to stop the faster pole-position starting DPi class car getting ahead with four hours remaining.

Nevertheless, Phil handed the car over to Brundle in third after another a brilliant error-free 98mins stint which came to a close with the sun setting with three-hours to run. But again, frustratingly, the United car was shuffled down the leaderboard by the dominant DPi machines. Final stints by Brundle and Di Resta saw the United car ultimately record a splendid fifth place at the chequered flag having to relinquish fourth – and the LMP2 category lead – due to a splash and dash pit-stop for fuel 12mins from the end.

Hanson, who equalled his best-ever LMP2 race result from Silverstone last April, is next in action at the two-day ELMS Prologue event at Paul Ricard (9-10 Apr) prior to the recently inducted BRDC Young Driver contesting the opening round of the series at the French track on 15 Apr.

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Sebring International Raceway

19 March 2018

STORMING HANSON CLAIMS EXCELLENT TOP-FIVE PLACING IN MAIDEN SEBRING RACE
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Mar 31
The atmosphere at #Sebring was unbelievable - read all about it in my latest journal entry from #Sebring12 https://t.co/bnohtnkfoe
Mar 29
There’s a new journal entry up - all about #Sebring12 and our top 5 place! @PaulDiResta @AlexBrundle #BeUnited https://t.co/bnohtnkfoe
Mar 27
Have you seen my video from Sebring? See how we got on, and get a few behind-the-scenes shots of the #Sebring12 with @PaulDiResta, @AlexBrundle and @UnitedAutosports https://t.co/GZY36OjXBQ
Mar 17
With 1/3rd race approaching, we're running P9 but leading "LMP2 class"! Took over from starting @PaulDiResta & had good 1.5hr stint myself. @AlexBrundle now in car. We'll keep pushing @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
Mar 17
Having a quick breakkie with @PaulDiResta & @AlexBrundle Paul starts then me. Let’s do this @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
Mar 16
Unfortunately @PaulDiResta suffered lack of top-speed in qualifying. Start from 8th row tomorrow. Looks like an engine change is needed. Must fight our way through @UnitedAutosport @IMSA @SebringRaceway #BeUnited #Sebring12
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