United Autosport wants to define its line-up for the 2023 season on the fast track in order to put together a project that allows him to regain supremacy in the LMP2 category. And in a matter of weeks it has renewed three of its drivers who compete in the WEC. First it was Josh Pierson and then Filipe Albuquerque. Now comes the renewal of Phil Hansona driver who will also compete again alongside Albuquerque himself, renewing a relationship that dates back to the 2018 season of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Phil Hanson first competed for United Autosport in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona, edition in which he shared a Ligier JS P217-Gibson with Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris. His good work on the American date earned him have a full-time program at the ELMS, coinciding for the first time with Filipe Albuquerque. Both went on to compete together in the WEC LMP2 class in the 2019-20 season, a campaign in which they took the title. Still in 2020, they also claimed the ELMS winding.
Until this season, Hanson and Albuquerque have formed an inseparable partnersomething that they have valued from United Autosports when confirming the continuity of both. Phil Hanson is also expected to repeat the program in the European Le Mans Series as in the last two years, even if in the continental series he no longer shares work with Albuquerque and with other drivers such as Jonathan Aberdein, Tom Gamble or Duncan Tappy. His presence would be in the first prototype of the teamsince the second (Pro-Am) is reserved for Nelson Piquet Jr., Andy Meyrick and Daniel Schneider.
«I am very happy to announce my renewal with United Autosports for another season. and be present in the WEC in 2023. I have shared great successes with the team in the last years of my career and I’m sure we can fight for another WEC LMP2 title next year. Everyone involved is focused solely on winning,” said a Phil Hanson who, despite his experience and being promoted to ‘Gold’ driver before the start of last season, is still 23 years old.
Richard Deanco-owner of the team, added: «Securing Phil for our WEC driver line-up has been a priority for us. It has given us great satisfaction to see how Phil has developed as a driver within the team to become a true professional. We now have a prolific racing driver who can win anywhere.. We have achieved great successes together in LMP2 and we want to continue this winning partnership in 2023 and beyond. It will be Phil’s sixth year in a row with us and I’m sure there are more successes to be achieved together.».
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