Tough 2019 ELMS season opener for Phil Hanson

Phil Hanson endured a tough opening 2019 European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard last weekend (14 April) but nevertheless scored valuable championship points in his title quest. With just moments In the four-hour race remaining, the #22 United Autosports Ligier he was sharing with Paul Di Resta lay fifth but ultimately the British duo had to be content with sixth place.

Starting from sixth on the large grid,Phil slipped to seventh at the start but ran fifth approaching mid-distance. With 75mins to go, Di Resta took over the #22 Ligier but cruelly with a mere five minutes of the race remaining, a left rear puncture caused an unscheduled pit-stop costing their Ligier a position.

Phil reflected: “I think generally there’s a disappointed vibe in the team now. It was a shame for me as I struggled to fight with the other cars during the race and it cost me crucially. I was held up battling with a car that was defending and not being able to get close enough to him on the straight. Then we got the puncture when in fifth which dropped Paul down a place. Apart from that we were generally quite quick and consistent. We will have to do a lot of work before Monza to hopefully improve our positions.”

The second round of the ELMS is staged at Monza in Italy on 12 May.


Paul Ricard, France

14 April 2019

Tough 2019 ELMS season opener for Phil Hanson


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