British racing driver, Sam Hancock, qualified a CKL-prepared Jaguar C-Type on pole position for last weekend's Freddie March Memorial Trophy at Goodwood, beating rival Alex Buncombe's similar car to top spot by a second in drizzly conditions.
Hancock, a former winner and lap record holder at Goodwood, was driving the ex-Ecurie Ecosse car for owner and co-driver, Stefan Ziegler. The Swiss collector elected to start the two-driver, ninety minute race and drove superbly to stay in the top four of the thirty car field, before handing over to Hancock at the pitstop.
A swift change over put Hancock on Buncombe's tail at the restart after a safety-car period, whom he quickly passed before building a small lead as rain fell and dusk descended. Baulked in traffic, Hancock soon had Buncombe attacking again and the two entertained the vast crowds with a thrilling tussle that lasted several laps, swapping positions time and again. With the race shortened for a serious incident, Buncombe prevailed at the flag but Hancock and Ziegler were delighted with runner-up spot.
" That was great, great fun," said Hancock after the race, " after testing a fortnight ago, I never expected to be fighting at the front with this lovely, original car, but the guys at CKL have done a superb job in a short time to improve it considerably. My sincere thanks go to them for their efforts, to Goodwood for having us here, and to Stefan for trusting me with his car and for driving out of his skin to keep us at the front."
Hancock and Ziegler now head to Spa for this weekend's Six Hour blue ribbon event, this time driving a Jaguar E-Type alongside Gregor Fisken.
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