Sam Hancock qualifying 1 report

Hancock up to speed at Le Mans Sam Hancock's 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign began in earnest yesterday with free practice and the first of the week's three qualifying sessions. The Aston Martin Racing factory driver, competing at his first Le...

Hancock up to speed at Le Mans

Sam Hancock's 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign began in earnest yesterday with free practice and the first of the week's three qualifying sessions.

The Aston Martin Racing factory driver, competing at his first Le Mans since 2006, will provisionally line up 9th overall after the first two-hour night qualifying session, just 0.067sec shy of the ultimate petrol-powered pace.

Wednesday night's session was first and foremost an opportunity for the 30-year-old Briton to complete the mandatory ten laps of running required by all drivers who haven't contested the race in at least three years. And although he did just that, a series of red flag stoppages ensured that nearly 45 minutes was lost, preventing any meaningful times being set.

The #009 LMP1 coupe's driving trio, completed by fellow countryman Darren Turner and Dane Juan Barazi, had earlier set the fastest petrol-powered time during the afternoon's four-hour free practice session in which they were only beaten by Audi and Peugeot's dominant diesel contingent.

Sam: "It's great to be back at Le Mans after a few years away and I'm glad we've got all the laps in as that was the most important factor for last night. It was very frustrating out there because of all the stoppages which seemed to happen right in the middle of my stint. We're making some minor enhancements to the car from what we learnt yesterday so I'm confident that we'll improve further tonight."

The first of today's two-hour qualifying sessions kicks off at 7pm local time before the third and final chance to improve comes at 10pm.

-source: sam hancock

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