UK: Sam Hancock Brands Hatch preview

Hancock targets title with Jota Sport London based racing driver, Sam Hancock, has his sights set on nothing less than the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title this year as he heads to the opening meeting of the season at Brands Hatch this...

Hancock targets title with Jota Sport

London based racing driver, Sam Hancock, has his sights set on nothing less than the Porsche Carrera Cup GB title this year as he heads to the opening meeting of the season at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The former Le Mans Endurance Series LMP2 champion, made the switch to the highly competitive series last season, and having clinched a maiden victory at Knockhill and 5th overall in the championship, is ready for an assault on the drivers' title.

Hancock switches from Motorbase Performance to Jota Sport in 2008 and, with a year's experience of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car under his belt, is confident he and the successful sportscar team can be a package which can challenge for honours.

"I want to win the title," Sam said, "I'm not complacent about it as I know from my hard fought experiences last year just how tough it is to win, but that's the goal. I rounded off the season with pole position in the final two rounds so hopefully I can continue that momentum.

"Jota have a great pedigree in sportscar racing and I know the guys well, having raced a Zytek for them at Istanbul in 2005. Everything ran perfectly that weekend and that experience has filled me with confidence ahead of the new season."

Hancock finished 8th and 6th on his Carrera Cup debut at Brands last year, but feels the experience gained throughout 2007 will stand him in good stead this weekend. "It was an ok debut, but looking back on it highlighted to me just how important it is in this championship to be spot on with the car's set up. I had a braking issue that day which hampered me at the first few rounds, but when we went back later in the season the difference was noticeable. We'd improved the set up and the car was far better to drive. That's perhaps the biggest lesson I learned in my debut year; always push to get the car exactly how you like it. I did that at Knockhill and ended up with pole position and my first win.

"I love Brands Hatch. I feel like I've grown up there with all the time I've spent watching and participating in races. The circuit is really challenging, even on the Indy layout we'll be using. It's small and tight, yet still provides some genuine overtaking opportunities."

Having returned to his roots by swapping endurance for sprint racing last year, Hancock is relishing another year of wheel-to-wheel cut-throat racing. "It's a completely different discipline. I really enjoy endurance racing, but it's about looking after the car more than chasing a really quick lap. But in the Carrera Cup you have to be right on it at every corner. Losing just a car's length can be disastrous as it's a real fight to get it back. It reminds me of why I fell in love with racing in the first place and I cannot wait to get going again this weekend."

-credit: samhancock.com.

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Series Porsche
Drivers Sam Hancock
Teams Jota Sport