Sam Hancock Dubai 24H race notes

Differential failure forces retirement in Dubai 24 Hours After a late invitation to join the EDM Motorsports team for the Dubai 24 Hours held over the weekend, British sportscar driver, Sam Hancock, and his team mates, Peter Hardman, John...

Differential failure forces retirement in Dubai 24 Hours

After a late invitation to join the EDM Motorsports team for the Dubai 24 Hours held over the weekend, British sportscar driver, Sam Hancock, and his team mates, Peter Hardman, John Minshaw and Philip Walker were forced to retire their BMW E46 M3 GT at the half way point with differential failure. The car had an otherwise promising run, lying as high as 5th overall in the opening stages among the seventy-one car field.

The team was not alone in experiencing differential problems and with several other competitors suffering a similar fate, there was speculation that perhaps the unusual profile of some of the long, ever-tightening corners may have contributed to the failures. The race was ultimately won by the Red Bull-backed, Duller Motorsport BMW Z4 from the Konrad Lechner Motorsport Porsche GT3 RSR.

"This has been a really fantastic event," said Hancock after the race, "and while I am of course disappointed to have retired, I've enjoyed every minute of it. The atmosphere among all the competitors has been great and what with the unusual circuit layout and traffic encountered with seventy-odd cars in the field, it's been a nice challenge. I'd like to thank EDM Motorsport enormously for putting me in the car and who, having prepared the car beautifully and tirelessly all weekend, really deserved a better result. I hope we'll have a chance to put that right at some point in the future."

-credit: sam hancock racing

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Series Road racing
Drivers John Minshaw , Sam Hancock , Peter Hardman , Philip Walker