British teenager Hanson ready for Le Mans challenge

Phil Hanson competes in the Le Mans 24 Hours next weekend (16-17 Jun) aiming for success in the LMP2 category. The 18-year-old BRDC Rising Star shares a Ligier JSP217 entered by Anglo-American team United Autosports with Filipe Albuquerque (POR) and fellow Briton Paul Di Resta. Berkshire-based Hanson became the youngest overall finisher in the 94-year history of the annual Le Mans race on his début last year by placing 11th.

Hanson, who is racing with Leeds-based United for the first time this year, co-drives regularly with Albuquerque in the European Le Mans Series and shared the Gibson-powered Ligier with ex-Formula 1 driver and former DTM champion Di Resta in the Sebring 12 Hours (USA) three months ago. While the 10 faster, more powerful LMP1 category cars are likely to fill most of the top overall positions at the chequered flag at 3pm (local) on Sunday afternoon, the #22 Ligier of Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta, will be bidding for honours in the ultra-competitive 20-car LMP2 class amongst the capacity 60-car field. At the recent official test (3 Jun), the one and only opportunity drivers and teams get to practice on the 8.47-mile track, the #22 Ligier set the sixth quickest time in LMP2.

Le Mans marks Hanson’s fifth race of 2018 having contested a 24 hour race (Daytona), a 12 hour race (Sebring) plus two four-hour races (Paul Ricard & Monza) and is his only scheduled FIA World Endurance Championship event this season. The race is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and is held on the Circuit de la Sarthe which contains a mix of closed public roads and dedicated sections of racing track, in which teams must balance the demands of speed with the cars' ability to run twice-around-the-clock while remaining free of crippling mechanical failure.

Monday 11 Jun: Scrutineering 1150-1220.
Wednesday 13 Jun: Free Practice 1600-2000; Qualifying 2200-0000.
Thursday 14 Jun: Qualifying 1900-2100 & 2200-0000.
Friday 15 Jun: Drivers’ Parade 1700-1830
Saturday 16 Jun: Warm-up 0900-0945; Race 1500.
Times above are local and +1hr to UK


Automobile Club de l'Ouest

11 June 2018

British Teenager Hanson Ready for Demanding Le mans Challenge
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