British based sportscar team United Autosports have today confirmed that they will be entering the FIA World Endurance Championship for the very first time.
The team are going to be entering a single Ligier JS P217 with British teenage sensation Phil Hanson alongside the experienced Filipe Albuquerque.
Hanson has been racing in the European Le Mans Series alongside Albuquerque in 2018, winning the last two rounds of that season.
Following appearances in selected IMSA races, Hanson is currently racing for United Autosports in the Asian Le Mans Series.
“I’m really excited to be doing FIA WEC,” said an excited Hanson. “I think it’s the obvious next step for us, having done the ELMS, Asian Le Mans Series and selected rounds of IMSA, including Daytona. I’m looking forward to continuing with United too.”
When asked about his return to the World Endurance Championship, Albuquerque said, “I’m super happy to be back in the FIA WEC, I feel I have unfinished business there. I finished P2 in 2016 in LMP2 so now with Phil Hanson and United I think we really have the package to win.”
The FIA World Endurance Championship begins at Silverstone in August 2019 and will visit Fuji (Japan), Shanghai (China), Sakhir (Bahrain), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Sebring (USA) and Spa Francorchamps (Belgium), with the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours becoming the final round of the season in June.