Toyota will get a head begin with its Hypercar this 12 months, however in 2022 Peugeot will be a part of it, after which Audi’s LMDh contender will emerge, adopted in brief order by one from Porsche. Extra producers may nicely observe in each courses. Probably, it’s a unbelievable time for a younger driver to be constructing a profession in long-distance sports activities automotive racing – even when, for now, Hanson have to be affected person.
“The game is in an odd place for the time being with Covid and the impact it’s having,” he says. “It has pushed again the brand new laws for LMH and LMDh, so if that’s my future, it’s one other 12 months away.
“It does appear cheap to remain in LMP2, as a result of it’s the category with probably the most competitors, which is rising 12 months on 12 months. It’s attracting drivers from all over the place, together with F1 and DTM.
“We’re in the appropriate place, and it’s the most effective proving floor to match your self with the most effective. If I can show I’m on the high of it, I’ll be proving myself among the many finest on the earth. That will spotlight me for the producers if and after they do are available [to LMH and LMDh].”
There’s a key transition that Hanson should now make. Thus far, his profession has been bankrolled by his rich father – however in some unspecified time in the future, he must be signed by a staff purely on benefit. To turn into a real skilled, he must make his residing as a racing driver.
“I undoubtedly really feel I’m on the producers’ lists of drivers, it’s only a query of how excessive up and the way assured they might be to place me on the high,” asserts Hanson, who’s hungry for general Le Mans wins and WEC titles. “Being younger helps, but it surely provides you disadvantages on the similar time. They’ve the prospect of a protracted profession with you, however you don’t convey the identical expertise. It’s that trade-off. However I’m 21 and I’ve already raced at Le Mans 4 occasions, so after they do their homework and see my performances… I’m not simply bringing youth.”