UK: Sam Hancock Donington Park summary

Positive results and points for Hancock at Donington Jota Sport's Sam Hancock scored fourth and fifth places respectively in rounds five and six of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park. The 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series LMP2 champion...

Positive results and points for Hancock at Donington

Jota Sport's Sam Hancock scored fourth and fifth places respectively in rounds five and six of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park.

The 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series LMP2 champion and team-mate Phil Quaife had a constructive test in their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars the week preceding the race, but the duo were unable to replicate that in qualifying, their grid positions not being as high as they had expected. But a competitive race two saw the team leave the Derbyshire race track encouraged, despite Quaife being stripped of a race two victory by an imposed penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.

Race 1

Starting from fifth on the grid, Hancock made a good start to overtake and then pull away from Charles Bateman before attacking Michael Caine for third. As the race wore on, the traditional Donington tyre wear issues came into play, meaning that Hancock soon started to lose grip, throwing him into the clutches of Callum MacLeod whom he managed to just stay ahead of until the chequered flag.

Race 2

Hancock made a difficult start in race two, suffering from a dragging clutch, but still managed to jostle with the leaders on a wet track. Whilst in fourth position, battling for third, he had a coming-together going through the chicane with Michael Caine, allowing a number of cars to pass. Hancock forced his way back into contention though with a strong come-back drive leaving him fifth, less than two seconds from eventual winner Tim Bridgman.

Sam Hancock said: "The first race was difficult as I did my best to look after the tyres but they still started to blister towards the end. Then in race two I started quite well but I had a full-on battle with Caine who was typically aggressive. In the end we collided and unfortunately we dropped down the field and I had to hold off Tim Harvey to the end. I hope now we've turned a corner, as Phil also recorded a fastest lap, so if we could carry this on to Thruxton I'd be delighted."

-credit: samhancock.com

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Series Porsche
Drivers Tim Harvey , Michael Caine , Sam Hancock , Phil Quaife , Callum MacLeod , Charles Bateman
Teams Jota Sport