BRITISH TEENAGER HANSON BREAKS ANOTHER LE MANS 24 HOUR RECORD

British teenager Hanson breaks his own Le Mans 24 hour finishing record

Phil Hanson claimed an excellent fourth LMP2 class placing in the Le Mans 24 Hours which finished today (16 Jun). The Ascot-based British teenager, the youngest driver in the 183-driver, 61-car field again this year, became the youngest overall finisher by placing 11th in 2017 when aged 17. By finishing ninth overall last weekend, he became the youngest driver at 19-years-old to ever achieve a top-10 finish in the world-famous sportscar endurance race at the wheel of a sports-prototype.

Hanson, who suffered heartache at Le Mans last year when co-driver Paul Di Resta crashed out with less than five hours remaining when set for a top-four class finish, raced a United Autosports entered Ligier JSP217 for the second consecutive year with fellow Briton Di Resta again plus Filipe Albuquerque (POR).

The Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta #22 Ligier started the twice-around-the-clock race at 3pm yesterday afternoon having achieved the sixth fastest time in the 20-car LMP2 class after qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Their Ligier consistently ran inside the top-six during the race but lost over three minutes last night when the car’s door needed to be replaced when the side glass came adrift.

That aside, the Ligier ran faultlessly and clocked up 365-laps, 3,090-miles at an average speed of almost 130mph. Phil now looks ahead to the third round of the European Le Mans Series in Barcelona (20 Jul). Hanson lies sixth in the LMP2 standings having posted sixth (Paul Ricard) and fourth (Monza) placings in the opening two-rounds of the six-race series.

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Le Mans, France

16 June 2019

British teenager Hanson breaks another Le Mans 24 hour record
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