Pole position and podium for Hancock at Snetterton Sam Hancock claimed his first pole position of the year and Jota Sport's first ever in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, as the UK's premier one-make series visited Snetterton for rounds 11 and 12 of...
Pole position and podium for Hancock at Snetterton
Sam Hancock claimed his first pole position of the year and Jota Sport's first ever in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, as the UK's premier one-make series visited Snetterton for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 season. The Londoner secured strong second and fourth place finishes, taking away crucial championship points from the high-speed Norfolk circuit.
Having taken pole position by just two hundredths of a second in Saturday's qualifying session, Hancock made a good getaway from the grid on Sunday to lead into the first corner. During the opening laps he held off a stern challenge from a charging Tim Harvey, but was badly baulked while lapping a back-marker on lap 5 and was forced to lift off the throttle allowing the Red Line Racing driver to dive through. Sam then came under pressure from third place Charles Bateman, but defended strongly to see off his challenge to secure second at the chequered flag.
An eventful second race saw Hancock start fourth on a grid made up of each driver's second best qualifying time. Having battled to hold off series debutant Jake Rosenzweig throughout the opening lap, Sam made a bid for third on the second tour with a move on Charles Bateman at Riches. Unfortunately, as Bateman closed the door, the two cars made contact, putting them both onto the grass and Bateman into the barrier. While Sam was able to continue, he dropped to eighth and spent the remainder of the race fighting back through the field to finish back where he started in fourth.
At the end of the meeting, Hancock was deducted three championship points for the Bateman incident, but still managed a strong haul from the weekend.
Sam Hancock: "I tried to pull out of the move when I saw Charles closing the door, but I just couldn't avoid making contact. It was completely unintentional and I think the stewards have recognised that with a points penalty rather than a disqualification.
"Overall it's been a good weekend for me and the team. I'm delighted to have taken a first pole position for Jota Sport and, barring Tim Harvey who's driven brilliantly this weekend, we have outscored all of our other major rivals in the championship. We seem to be getting on top of the car now so I'm really looking forward to Oulton Park in two weeks' time where hopefully we'll get back on to that top podium step."