Hanson says preparation makes the difference with Le Mans reliability chances

Reigning LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Phil Hanson emphasises how preparation for the race will make the difference to reach the finish.

The reigning WEC LMP2 World Champion, and current class-championship leader, won with United Autosports in last year’s race.

The Briton reckons the competition of LMP2 will make it just as unpredictable as it was in previous years, but is optimistic after finishing on every podium so far this season.

“I expect this year’s Le Mans to be as difficult as past years. I think any one of 10 cars (out of 25 LMP2s) could win but I expect us to be at the sharp end throughout the race.”

“Last year I can remember being stood on the top step of the podium feeling complete relief. I felt I could finally take a deep breath after 24 hours of stress.

“Anything can happen at Le Mans so the result was never a given.”

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#22 United Autosports, 2020 – Credit: © ADRENALMEDIA.COM / Harry Parvin

Fellow reigning champion and current Daytona 24 Hours winner Filipe Albuquerque as well as season rookie Fabio Scherer complete the trio as the ongoing full-time WEC drivers in the #22.

The Swiss won on his sportscar racing debut at Spa, missed Portimao due to COVID-19, and then won the most recent round at Monza.

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“Fabio has been great to work with,” Hanson added.

“Every race he is learning and building up his experience in endurance. I can see him taking it all in and building his confidence from race to race.”

The 22-year-old talked about reliability, a factor as important as performance, as the race last year demonstrated in LMP2 with a plethora of electronic woes that affected several cars.

“I think the responsibility lies with the teams themselves to ensure the car is reliable and can perform for 24 hours.

“Nine times out of 10 the difference between a car that will finish Le Mans and one that won’t, is the preparation that is put in before the race starts on Saturday.”

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United Autosports are the sole team to run three entries in LMP2 at Le Mans this year.

One of the other cars, the #23, includes Scherer’s predecessor Paul Di Resta who is the reigning winner after memorably battling with fellow Sky Sports F1 pundit Anthony Davidson last year.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will commence from 3pm BST on Saturday 21 August to Sunday 22 August.