Sam Hancock hour 9 report

Hancock still going strong at Le Mans Sam Hancock and the ...

Hancock still going strong at Le Mans

Sam Hancock and the #009 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 coupe continue to run strongly inside the top ten as Saturday turns to Sunday at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The car, co-driven by Darren Turner and Juan Barazi, has run like clockwork since the start of the 78th Grand Prix of Endurance was given at 3pm local time. In the nine hours that followed, Sam moved up one position to eighth overall while remaining second in the unofficial petrol class.

That was in spite of an early Safety Car period that dropped Turner, who took the start, down the order after being held at the end of the pit lane while waiting for the field to file round behind one of the course cars.

Sam joined the fray just after the race's two hour mark and maintained an impressive pace over the course of his own triple stint before handing the car over to Barazi at 7.30pm in 8th position where it remained as midnight came and went.

Sam: "We've enjoyed a trouble-free run so far and hopefully, touch wood, that will continue for the remainder of the race. One of the car's strong points is its reliability so that bodes well. I'm just about to start another triple stint which should be good as I've always enjoyed driving in the dark. The car felt like it had lost a bit of its balance from qualifying during my first stint earlier but it was great on Thursday night in qualifying and hopefully that balance will return as the night wears on. So far, so good."

The 30-year-old is now back at the wheel where he will stay for another triple stint into the early hours.

-source: sam hancock

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Darren Turner , Sam Hancock , Juan Barazi
Teams Aston Martin Racing