UK: Sam Hancock Brands Hatch race notes

Solid but challenging start for Hancock British Porsche Carrera Cup driver, Sam Hancock, finished 8th and 6th respectively in the series' opening two rounds at Brands Hatch over the weekend, securing vital championship points from an ...

Solid but challenging start for Hancock

British Porsche Carrera Cup driver, Sam Hancock, finished 8th and 6th respectively in the series' opening two rounds at Brands Hatch over the weekend, securing vital championship points from an otherwise challenging weekend.

The 27-year old Londoner set the 2nd fastest time in free practice on Friday, so was disappointed to find his Technojobs-sponsored Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car only 5th on the grid for Race 1 after Saturday morning's qualifying session.

"We made a small mistake on the set-up this morning," said Hancock, "and with just nine-one hundredths of a second separating me in 5th place and my team mate in 2nd, you can see how vital it is to have everything perfect."

Race 1 started badly, with Hancock struggling to get his Motorbase Performance team's car off the line. No sooner though had he overtaken Rob Collard for 7th place on his way back up through the field, was his ascent interrupted as the ex-British Touring Car driver sent Hancock into a spin with a clout from behind as they entered the following corner. Fortunately, the gap to the cars behind was such that Hancock lost only one position and was able to go on to complete the race in 8th place.

Enormous crowds and sunshine greeted the drivers for Sunday's Race 2, for which they would line up in the order in which they finished Race 1. A much better start saw Hancock move to 7th place off the line, which soon became 6th when he passed Nigel Rice through Paddock Hill bend on lap two.

Having joined the tail of the intense four car battle for 2nd place, Hancock stayed right on the bumper of his 5th placed team mate, Steven Kane, until brake problems, causing persistent locking-up, saw the gap slowly increase. A quiet and consolidatory run for Hancock then followed, as he backed off to look after the car and secure points for a 6th place finish.

"This has turned out to be a really difficult weekend for us at Motorbase," said Hancock after the race, "both Steven and I for some reason have really struggled with a significant lack of grip and balance. It's strange because we've had some fantastic pre-season testing lately and we're not really doing anything different. Ultimately though, the most important thing is that in a championship as unbelievably close as this, we scored points in both races this weekend and currently lie 5th in the championship going into the next round -- and with eighteen races to go, it's far from over."

Rounds three and four of the championship take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby, on the 21st and 22nd April.

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB is fastest, most prestigious single-make racing series in the UK and is contested over ten double-header weekends at the country's premier motor racing circuits.

-credit: sh

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Series Porsche
Drivers Robert Collard , Sam Hancock