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Philip Hanson (born 5 July 1999) is a British racing driver. He started his racing career when he won the Whilton Mill Club Championship in 2014, and has since gone on to claim the Super One British X30 Junior Karting Championship, the 2016–17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Title, Dunlop Endurance Championship in 2016 (alongside an event win at the British LMP3 Cup), before becoming the youngest ever top-10 finisher at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race (9th in LMP2 class). Phil secured a drive with United Autosports for the 2018 season, with his first competitive race at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona alongside two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, and current McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris. He won the 2018–19 Asian Le Mans Series title outright with Paul di Resta in an LMP2 Ligier entered by United Autosports, becoming the youngest-ever overall champion in the series.

Phil Hanson
Phil Hanson racing driver United Autosports 2018 01.jpg
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1999-07-05) 5 July 1999 (age 19)
Berkshire, United Kingdom
European Le Mans Series, Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, North American Endurance Cup, Le Mans 24 Hours career
Debut season2014
Current teamUnited Autosports
Car no.22, 23
Former teamsTockwith Motorsports
Wins9
Podiums9
Poles6
Best finish1 in 2016, 2018
Previous series
2018-19
2018
2017
2016-17
2016
Asian Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
Asian Le Mans Series
Dunlop Endurance Championship
Championship titles
2018-19
2016-17
2016
Asian LMS
Asian LMS LMP3
Dunlop Endurance Championship

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Racing careerEdit

Born in Berkshire, Phil Hanson won his first championship at the age of 15, winning the Whilton Mill Club Championship with the BKC Racing team.

Subsequently, he went on to win the Super One British X30 Junior Karting Championship, again with BKC Racing, in 2015, registering multiple wins and podium positions.

2016 saw Phil, aged 17 at the time, race in his inaugural endurance racing season, joining the Tockwith Motorsports team for the Asian Le Mans Series. Alongside driver Nigel Moore, the pair were the only consistent two-driver crew of the season, resulting in the duo claiming the Driver’s Championship in the LMP3 class, driving in the #26 Ligier JSP3.[1]

Again teaming up for the Dunlop Endurance Championship, Phil and Nigel clinched the title in the final stage at Brands Hatch, with a second place finish enough to win the Championship by one point[2].

Phil capped off his 2016 season with a win in a British LMP3 Cup event at Snetterton, the first event of its kind in the UK[3]. Hanson and Moore combined to achieve a pole position, which was converted into the win for Tockwith Motosport.

In June 2017, Phil become the youngest overall finisher in his Le Mans 24 Hour debut, finishing 9th in the LMP2 class and 11th overall in the twice-around-the-clock race. Phil was partnered by Nigel Moore and Karen Chandhok, racing a Ligier-Gibson JSP217[4].

Phil’s 2017 schedule continued with 3 appearances in the FIA World Endurance Championship races: Spa; Le Mans and the Nürburgring, plus 3 more races in the European Le Mans Series at: Silverstone; Monza and Red Bull Ring[5].

 
Phil Hanson and co-driver Filipe Albuquerque raced the United Autosports Ligier JSP217 to victory in Round 5 of the ELMS at Spa Francorchamps, Sept 23rd 2018

In October 2017, Phil joined the United Autosports team for the 2018 season[6] and finished 5th in the final European Le Mans Series standings, having achieved three podiums, including wins at Spa and Portimão, in the six-race series. He also contested three of the four Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races. Having raced with Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opener at Daytona [7], Phil had ex-F1 drivers Paul Di Resta and Bruno Senna as his co-drivers in United's Ligier at Watkins Glen [8] having co-driven with Di Resta and Alex Brundle at Sebring [9]. Unfortunately, the Ligier that Phil Hanson was sharing with Albuquerque at Le Mans crashed while in the hands of Di Resta [10].

Phil was the youngest Asian LMS champion, having been just 17 years of age when he won the LMP3 title in 2016-17 [11] as well as being the youngest driver yet to record an overall victory in the European Le Mans Series, having won the 4 Hours of Spa in September 2018 with Filipe Albuquerque [12]. He and Albuquerque went on to win the final race of the season, the Four Hours of Portimão on 28 October, and so finished 5th in the 2018 LMP2 ELMS Drivers' Trophy standings [13].

Hanson raced a United Autosports entered Ligier JS P2 with Paul Di Resta in the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series [14]. A 100% podium finishing record in the four-race series (1st Buriram, 2nd Shanghai, Fuji & Sepang), earned the British duo the overall title by 11-points [15].

Phil, who graduated from BRDC Rising Star status to a BRDC SuperStar in February 2019 [16], remains with United Autosports for the 2019 ELMS season plus the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship [17].

Racing recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017   Tockwith Motorsports   Nigel Moore
  Karun Chandhok
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 351 11th 9th
2018   United Autosports   Paul di Resta
  Filipe Albuquerque
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 288 DNF DNF
2019   United Autosports   Paul Di Resta
  Filipe Albuquerque
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 365 9th 4th

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 Tockwith Motorsports LMP3 Ligier JS P3 Nissan VK50VE 5.0 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC
6
SPA
12
EST 21st 9.5
2017 Tockwith Motorsports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
5
MNZ
11
RBR
9
LEC SPA ALG 16th 12.5
2018 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
12
MNZ
10
RBR
3
SIL
Ret
SPA
1‡
ALG
1
5th 54
2019 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
6
MNZ
4
CAT
SIL
SPA
ALG
6th* 20*

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed. * Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Celebrating the Champions of the 2016-2017 Season | Asian Le Mans Series". www.asianlemansseries.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  2. ^ "Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore take title in Great Britain". Audi MediaCenter. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  3. ^ "British Prototype Cup: Tockwith Wins Inaugural Meeting At Snetterton – dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ "Teenager makes racing history in Le Mans". Bracknell News. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  5. ^ "Philip Hanson - FIA World Endurance Championship". www.fiawec.com (in French). Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ www.unitedautosports.com, United Autosports -. "PHIL HANSON SIGNS FOR UNITED AUTOSPORTS IN 2018". United Autosports. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  7. ^ "Alonso Confirmed For Rolex 24 With United Alongside Norris and Hanson". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  8. ^ "Phil Hanson: "Looking For A Win". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  9. ^ "Phil Hanson Talks Daytona, Sebring & His Upcoming ELMS Campaign". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  10. ^ Jamie Klien (2018-06-17). "Paul di Resta apologises for massive crash on Le Mans debut". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  11. ^ "Celebrating the Champions of the 2016-2017 Season". Asian Le Mans Series. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  12. ^ "Phil Hanson's Spa reflexions". European Le Mans Series. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  13. ^ Stephen Kilbey (2018-10-28). "United Wins, Titles Decided In 4H Portimao Thriller". DailySportscar. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  14. ^ Graham Goodwin (2018-10-16). "Hanson & di Resta Confirmed by United Autosports For 2018/19 Asian LMS". DailySportscar. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  15. ^ Rachit Thukral (2019-02-24). "Di Resta, Hanson seal Asian Le Mans title at Sepang". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  16. ^ BRDC. "Six of the Best as BRDC Superstars Announces Class of 2019". British Racing Drivers Club. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  17. ^ Graham Goodwin (2019-01-09). "United Autosports Confirms 2019/20 FIA WEC LMP2 Effort". DailySportscar. Retrieved 2019-02-27.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ho-Pin Tung
David Cheng
Asian Le Mans Series
LMP3 Champion

2016–17
With: Nigel Moore
Succeeded by
Guy Cosmo
Patrick Byrne
Preceded by
Harrison Newey
Stéphane Richelmi
Thomas Laurent
Asian Le Mans Series
LMP2 Champion

2018–19
With: Paul di Resta
Succeeded by
Incumbent