Karting magazine’s Driver of the Year, Ben Hanley is set to return to cars this year after a six year absence with the DragonSpeed team’s ORECA-Nissan 05 in the LMP2 class.
The reigning KF Champion was a member of the Renault driver development scheme and a contemporary of Roman Grojean, but returned to karting with Maranello, ART and Mad Croc after his climb up the single-seater ladder stalled in 2009 whilst racing in GP2
In sportscar racing drivers are rated platinum, gold, silver or bronze according to their previous results, and Hanley, now 31, is rated silver due to his period of car inactivity, despite strong results when he raced in the Renault World Series and GP2.
Teams are restricted in how many of which level driver they can field, and how long they can spend in the car. This means Hanley is an attractive proposition for a team with a particular space to fill, especially as he has actually been racing intensively over the last six years.
Hanley’s team-mates will be Nicolas Lapierre and Henrik Hedman, and his first race will be on 19th April at Silverstone.
We all wish him the best of luck here at Karting magazine and hope to still see him out in a kart when he is able to do so in 2016.