Philip Hanson (born 5 July 1999) is a British racing driver who currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series with United Autosports. 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, setting the standard as the youngest-ever overall champion in the series.

In September 2020 Phil followed this with victory in the LMP2 class in the delayed Le Mans 24 Hours,[1] thereby securing the LMP2 title with a race in hand. By doing so, he became the first driver to win the FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP2), European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours (LMP2) all in the same year.[2] He is also the youngest driver ever to win a WEC title and the youngest British driver to win LMP2 at Le Mans.[3]

Racing career

Born in Sunningdale, Berkshire,[4] 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.[5]

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 although tied on 170 points with Jacob Mathiassen and Steve Fresle but clinching it due to their amount of class victories.[6]

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.[7] 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 Karun Chandhok, racing a Ligier-Gibson JSP217.[8]

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.[9]

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

In October 2017, Phil joined the United Autosports team for the 2018 season[10] 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,[11] Phil had ex-F1 drivers Paul Di Resta and Bruno Senna as his co-drivers in United's Ligier at Watkins Glen[12] having co-driven with Di Resta and Alex Brundle at Sebring.[13] Unfortunately, the Ligier that Phil Hanson was sharing with Albuquerque at Le Mans crashed while in the hands of Di Resta.[14]

Phil was the youngest Asian LMS champion, having been just 17 years of age when he won the LMP3 title in 2016–17[15] 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.[16] 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 and establishing Hanson as the youngest-ever outright winner of an ELMS race.[17]

Hanson raced a United Autosports entered Ligier JS P2 with Paul Di Resta in the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series.[18] 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.[19]

Phil graduated from BRDC Rising Star status to a BRDC SuperStar in February 2019,[20] and finished fourth in the 2019 ELMS driving with Filipe Albuquerque[21] for United Autosports. For the first three rounds, Phil and Filipe raced a Ligier JSP217 but switched to an Oreca 07 for the final three races, scoring a win and second place.

In 2020 Phil has contested the FIA World Endurance Championship[22] co-driving alongside Filipe Albuquerque and Paul di Resta, claiming victories at Bahrain, Austin, Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans. Taking the win at Le Mans was also sufficient to secure the LMP2 title, making Hanson the youngest-ever WEC Champion.[23] He will continue with United Autosports throughout the remainder of 2020, once again partnered by Albuquerque, in the European Le Mans Series. With three podiums already secured, including wins at Le Castellet and Spa-Francorchamps, the pair already leads the series. He also partnered two time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso and future Mclaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris at the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona

Racing record

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2016 Britcar Endurance Championship Tockwith Motorsport 8 5 3 5 6 170 1st
European Le Mans Series - LMP3 2 0 0 0 0 9.5 21st
Michelin Le Mans Cup 3 0 0 0 0 20.5 10th
2016–17 Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 Tockwith Motorsports 4 3 2 0 4 77 1st
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Tockwith Motorsports 4 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 3 0 0 0 0 12.5 16th
2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship - P United Autosports 3 0 0 0 0 72 28th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 6 2 0 0 3 54 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2018–19 Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 1 1 1 0 4 80 1st
2019 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 6 1 0 2 3 71 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports 8 4 3 0 6 190 1st
2020 European Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports 5 3 1 1 5 109 1st
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports 6 2 0 1 3 107 4th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 6 1 0 1 4 86 2nd
2022 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 United Autosports USA 6 0 0 0 0 50 9th
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
European Le Mans Series - LMP2 6 1 0 0 2 73 4th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2023 Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 United Autosports

† As Hanson was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.

Complete Britcar results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position in class – 1 point awarded just in first race; races in italics indicate fastest lap in class – 1 point awarded all races;-

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC CP Points
2016 Tockwith Motorsport Audi R8 LMS 1 SILGP
1
SNE
12
DON
1
THR
1
CRO
1
SILINT
1
OUL
11
BRH
2
1st 1st 170

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2017 United Kingdom Tockwith Motorsports United Kingdom Nigel Moore
India Karun Chandhok
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 351 11th 9th
2018 United States United Autosports United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 288 DNF DNF
2019 United States United Autosports United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 365 9th 4th
2020 United States United Autosports United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 370 5th 1st
2021 United Kingdom United Autosports USA Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 328 40th 18th
2022 United States United Autosports USA Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Will Owen
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 366 14th 10th

Complete Asian Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 Rank Points
2016–2017 Tockwith Motorsports LMP3 Ligier JS P3 Nissan VK50 5.0 L V8 ZIC
2
FUJ
1
CIC
1
SEP
1
1st 77
2018–2019 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier JS P2 Nissan VK45 4.5 L V8 SHA
2
FUJ
2
CIC
1
SEP
2
1st 80

Complete European Le Mans Series results

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
7
SIL
Ret
SPA
1
ALG
2
4th 71
2020 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
3
SPA
1
LEC
1
MNZ
1
ALG
3
1st 109
2021 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 CAT
3
RBR
7
LEC
2
MNZ
2
SPA
8
ALG
1
2nd 86
2022 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
7
IMO
2
MNZ
4
CAT
4
SPA
1
ALG
Ret
4th 73

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2018 United Autosports P Ligier JS P217 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 DAY
13
SEB
5
LBH MDO DET WGL
5
MOS ELK LGA PET 28th 72
2022 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 V8 DAY
6†
SEB
LGA
MDO
WGL
ELK
PET
- 0

Points only counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, and not the overall LMP2 Championship. * Season still in progress.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2019–20 United Autosports LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SIL
Ret
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
1
COA
1
SPA
1
LMS
1
BHR
4
1st 190
2021 United Autosports USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
1
ALG
3
MNZ
1
LMS
10
BHR
4
BHR
4
4th 107
2022 United Autosports USA LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SEB
7
SPA
5
LMS
7
MNZ
13
FUJ
7
BHR
6
9th 50

* Season still in progress.

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Mason
Calum Lockie
Britcar Endurance
Champion

2016
With: Nigel Moore
Succeeded by
Witt Gamski
Ross Wylie
Preceded by Asian Le Mans Series
LMP3 Champion

2016–17
With: Nigel Moore
Succeeded by
Guy Cosmo
Patrick Byrne
Preceded by Asian Le Mans Series
LMP2 Champion

2018–19
With: Paul di Resta
Succeeded by
James French
Roman Rusinov
Léonard Hoogenboom
Preceded by European Le Mans Series
LMP2 Champion

2020
With: Filipe Albuquerque
Succeeded by
Preceded by FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers
2019–20
With: Filipe Albuquerque
Succeeded by