British racing driver, Sam Hancock, opened his 2015 account account with a perfect score from the 73rd Members Meeting at Goodwood, taking pole position, race victory and fastest lap in the Salvadori Cup.
Driving the Ecurie Ecosse Lister Knobbly for Sam Thomas Racing, Hancock made his intentions clear by setting a pole position time over a second faster than his nearest rival. A strong race start and quick opening laps created a cushion that suggested an equally dominant win was inevitable. Drama ensued however when Hancock, first to arrive on the scene of a D-Type engine failure at half distance, hit oil on the apex of the super-fast 'No Name' corner, sending him onto the grass and into the tyre wall with ample force.
Fortunately he was able to minimise damage by hitting side-on and with the steering wheel straight, allowing the car to ricochet back on the circuit with only bodywork damage and minor steering realignment. Unbelievably he retained the lead, such was the gap over hard charging Shaun Lynn in his second placed Lister; but while Hancock assessed the damage to his car, Lynn fired his opening salvos which made for a tense few corners and set up a spectacular battle that would rage to the flag. Crossing the line with a winning margin of just 0.589secs, Hancock was grateful for the strength of his steed.