Hanson aiming for perfect

Phil Hanson aims to celebrate his 50th car race in style by conquering Sebring’s infamous bumps and record his third consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 class win (20 Mar). The “1,000 Miles of Sebring” marks the 20-year-old Briton’s “half-century” of races after a successful two-year career in karting, Phil turning to sports-prototypes in late 2016 (LMP3) then 2017 (LMP2).

Hanson and his fellow #22 United Autosport Oreca crew of Filipe Albuquerque (POR) and Paul Di Resta (GB) have recorded four podiums (two wins, two thirds) since the opening Silverstone race non-finish combined with four front row class starts (one pole, three seconds) from five races.

Phil, youngest outright Asian Le Mans Series champion (2018-19), and Albuquerque, has a slender four-point lead going into the Sebring race, Hanson’s 33rd in an LMP2 sports-prototype – all but six with United Autosports – a team the Berkshire-based driver has formed a strong bond with.

With 38-points on offer to the Sebring race winner, Hanson is intent on keeping United to the fore – the #22 Oreca having led more LMP2 laps than any other car in the last two races. The BRDC SuperStar, along with United Autosports, has previously raced at the 3.74-mile Florida track – America’s oldest road racing circuit – claiming fifth place in the 2018 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Hanson, who tested at Barcelona last week (4 Mar) in advance of the opening European Le Mans Series race at the Spanish venue, will take part in this weekend's (14-15 Mar) FIA WEC test at Sebring.

Hanson aiming for perfect