Phil Hanson

RACING IN: WEC /ELMS

Biography

Phil Hanson is a British racing driver and Le Mans Champion, winning the LMP2 class of the iconic 24-hour race in 2020 with United Autosports. 

Key Stats

Nationality

British

Hometown

Sunningdale, Berkshire

DOB

05th July

Favourite circuit
Watkins Glen International
Racing career

Go-karting was Phil’s gateway into racing, with things getting serious behind the wheel in his early teens. He won the Super one Junior x30 championship in 2015. In 2016, he secured his first LMP3 season, racing with Tockwith Motorsports, before signing with United Autosports in 2018. 

Hanson’s first race with United Autosports was the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018, lining up with teammates Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris. Throughout the rest of the season, Hanson secured two wins in the European Le Mans Series (Spa and Portimao) and four podiums out of four race starts in the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series. 

Phil Hanson signed with United for another year to contend the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS). 

The ELMS race at Spa in September 2019 was particularly momentous, marking the start of a winning streak for Hanson, who would celebrate on the podium for the next 13 consecutive races - including his first WEC win at Bahrain 2019 and the historic Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2020. 

The champagne-soaked podiums came to a head in Bahrain 2020, where Phil Hanson and his crew made history as the first endurance racing team to win the LMP2 class of ELMS, WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year. 

“ White

Phil has grown up with us and it has been a privilege to see him develop into the true professional he is today; a Le Mans winner and a multiple championship winning driver.

richard dean
Career Highlights

//  In 2020 Phil won the 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP2 class) with United Autosports.

//  Also in 2020 Phil and his team mates won the European Le Mans LMP2 Championship with United Autosports.

//  In 2019-2020 Phil won the FIA World Endurance Championship, again with United Autosports.

Champagne celebration: Phil Hanson celebrating victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020, spraying champagne on team co-owner Zak Brown

24 hours of le mans

Phil Hanson has already become a regular at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, clocking up six consecutive race starts since 2017 – five of those with United Autosports. 

He made history on his debut in 2017, becoming the youngest ever driver to finish in the top 10 at the historic French race. 

In 2020, Phil made the record books once again when he won the LMP2 class with United Autosports – Hanson becoming the youngest ever British driver to do so. Read the race report

“ White

I’m so happy to be part of a great team with great people.

phil hanson
2020 championship winners

In 2020, Phil Hanson joined forces with Filipe Albuquerque and United Autosports in the European Le Mans Series. Four pole starts, three wins and two podiums later, they were crowned champions of the LMP2 class. 

Hanson was also victorious in the FIA World Endurance Championship of 2019-20 with four wins, four poles and six podiums – including victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To date, no other team has achieved this trio of accolades in one year. 

World champion: Phil Hanson with the World Endurance Championship trophy in Bahrain, where United Autosports were officially crowned 2020 champions

personal life

Phil lives in Berkshire and, when he’s not trackside, keeping fit is at the top of his mind. He enjoys CrossFit, skiing and playing tennis – and this summer, he even squeezed in a trip to Wimbledon to get some tips from the pros.