British racing driver Sam Hancock will contest the world renowned Goodwood Revival this weekend with a particularly special Lister-Jaguar Knobbly.
The former Le Mans Series champion and experienced historic racer has once again been entrusted with the ex-Ecurie Ecosse BHL104 chassis that won the 1958 Spa 1000km in the hands of Masten Gregory. Sporting its period dark blue and white colour scheme, the Lister-Jaguar will line up against many of its contemporaries on Friday evening for the one-hour, two-driver Sussex Trophy race featuring world championship sports racing cars that competed in 1955-60.
While Hancock is no stranger to the Sam Thomas Racing-prepared machine having taken it to a fourth place finish as part of Goodwood’s 72nd Members’ Meeting earlier this year, his brother Ollie – the 2008 Formula Renault BARC champion with whom he will share driving duties – has yet to turn a wheel in it. Nevertheless, a recent rebuild means Sam is optimistic of a strong result in one of the Revival’s showpiece events.
Sam Hancock: “I am so excited to be heading back to the Goodwood Revival, especially as it involves co-driving with my brother,” he explained. “We’ve only done that once before and it was way back in 2007, so it’ll be a great experience I’m sure.
“The Sussex Trophy entry list looks to be of a very high calibre and I’m fully expecting a fantastic race. The car performed reasonably well last time out at the Goodwood 72nd Members’ Meeting but lacked a little pace compared to the other front-runners. I know that Sam Thomas and his team have been working hard since then, and although I haven’t had a chance to test the car again I’m still hoping we can do it justice by bringing home a good result.
“Finally, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Sam for inviting me to race the car again, and also to Lord March for having us back at his spectacular event.”
Sam Thomas of Sam Thomas Racing added: “The Lister-Jaguar Knobbly is always popular with the crowds at Goodwood and I’m sure Sam and Ollie will give them something to cheer about this year. It’s the only example campaigned in period by the legendary Ecurie Ecosse team and a very special addition to the Sussex Trophy entry. We’ve fully rebuilt it since the Members’ Meeting in March and also tweaked the set-up, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it perform as good as it looks.”
The one-hour Sussex Trophy race begins at 18:30 on Friday evening. The Goodwood Revival Meeting takes place on 12-14th September 2014.
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