Stunning victory for Phil Hanson in Spa ELMS

In a dramatic 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium today (23 Sep), Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque scored a sensational victory with their #22 United Autosports Ligier LMP2 sports-prototype.

Starting from the front row, the duo led their class with 105mins on the clock, but worsening track and visibility conditions caused by heavy rain, caused the race to be red-flagged with a little under two hours remaining. As a result the Anglo-Portuguese duo took the victory to add to their Red Bull Ring rostrum and record the team’s first LMP2 victory of the season – and importantly Phil’s first outright international sportscar race victory. The sixth and final round of the ELMS is held at Portimão (POR) on 28 October.

“It’s fantastic to finally get an LMP2 win after some disappointments this season. Our qually performance showed that we also now have very good dry weather pace. The opening laps were tricky but the conditions were the same for everyone. It was a case of judging the grip levels around the track which were changing with every lap as the rainfall varied. Visibility was awful when we were racing. A great strategy from the pit-wall got Filipe in the car and us track position.”

Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“It’s a great result, an awesome day in the office! The organisers did a good job in bringing the race start time forward and then were correct in red-flagging the race when they did as the track conditions were absolutely dreadful. Our drivers did a fantastic job and I’m proud to have witnessed this great result at Spa.”

Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“Well, this was a wet one! Funnily enough only last week I reflected on the fact that I didn’t really appreciate our previous double class victory [Silverstone 2017] enough at the time so it’s nice to be in a position this time to really appreciate all of the hard work that’s gone on this season finally rewarded on both sides of our garage. I’m delighted for Phil. He did exactly what was required, kept it clean at a very difficult point of the race when other drivers with more experience were spinning out, while Filipe, as we all know, is a class act.”


Spa Francorchamps

23 September 2018

Stunning victory for Phil in Spa ELMS


Sep 26
P1 🍾, finally the podium and the win that we’ve been waiting for all year. Thanks to all the guys @unitedautosports for all their persistence throughout the year, also to @AlbuquerqueFil who did an awesome job in quali & during the race. #P1 #LMP2 #ELMS #Ligier #4HSPA
Sep 21
Timings for this weekend’s racing! @EuropeanLMS @circuitspa #4HSPA #ELMSFree Practice 1: Today 12:00Free Practice 2: Sat 09:05Qualifying LMP2: Sat 13:54Race: Sun: 12:30
Sep 19
Time to dust off the helmet and racesuit and get in the zone for another race weekend! #BeUnited #EuropeanLMS #4HSPA
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