Double Silverstone podium moves Hancock up to third overall Sam Hancock moved up to third overall in the point's standings of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the weekend after taking second and third place finishes in rounds 17 and 18 of the ...
Double Silverstone podium moves Hancock up to third overall
Sam Hancock moved up to third overall in the point's standings of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the weekend after taking second and third place finishes in rounds 17 and 18 of the championship. He also recorded the fastest lap in the rain-soaked second race and looked set for an impressive victory from fifth on the grid until a mistake culled his six second lead.
Starting fifth, Sam moved up one place in the opening laps after the demise of championship rival Tim Bridgman. Running with the leaders, he was poised to mount a charge when he slid wide at Becketts after hitting a patch of fluid dropped from the cracked radiator that had hastened Bridgman's retirement. It was an excursion that all but ended his hopes of fighting for victory but he was able to profit from the misfortune of team mate Phil Quaife when the power-steering pump on his Porsche failed. After catching him, the pair scrapped over third position in the closing stages before Hancock grabbed the final podium place. With Tandy making a guest appearance for Porsche Motorsport and ineligible for points, Sam would actually take second, securing the two additional points that went with it.
The second race was just as eventful and was run in fully wet conditions. Again he started fifth but was second by the end of the opening lap and took the lead into Brooklands on the second with a move up the inside of Michael Caine. By the lap 10 he had established a healthy six second lead over team mate Quaife but a mistake exiting the final corner saw his 911 pitched sideways and into a spin, demoting him to second. Hancock defended hard from a charging Harvey but he was baulked by a backmarker as he entered Becketts and Harvey pounced. Hancock ultimately finished third, less than a second behind the winner, but overhauled Bridgman to take third in the title race.
Said Hancock: "When you're leading a race by five seconds or so anything other than bagging the win is a disappointment so I'm a little bit frustrated with myself for making the mistake. I dropped a wheel onto the white line at Luffield and that pulls you onto the curbing. Once the car started to go I just couldn't get it back. Having said that, third in the championship as well as two Jota cars on the rostrum is great for the team. We have to keep up this progress and make sure that when we're next on the podium it's one and two."