Sam Hancock continued his successful relationship with the Goodwood circuit by claiming another podium finish in Sunday's Sussex Trophy.
Hancock, a multiple winner at Goodwood, joined a grid of open top sports racing cars from the 1950's with the Ecurie Ecosse Lister Knobbly he used to claim victory earlier this year at the 73rd Members Meeting.
Against tougher competition this weekend, the Knobbly lined up on the second row of the grid after Friday's qualifying. Racing into the sunset in front of a record 149,000 spectators, the pack rounded off a spectacular Revival weekend with thrilling action from start to finish.
After a slow start which dropped him to fifth, Hancock quickly dispensed of Andy Newall's Aston Martin DBR2 and set after Nick Mason's Maserati Birdcage driven my Marino Franchitti.
The lighter Birdcage proving more nimble in the corners, but less powerful on the straights, the contemporary sportscar racers fought tooth and nail throughout the opening laps until Hancock nipped by on the tricky run to "No Name" bend. Never one to give up, Franchitti continued to fill Hancock's mirrors and on more than one occasion the two were door handle to door handle with just centimetres separating them.
Finally as they lapped slower traffic, Hancock put a gap between himself and the plucky Scottsman which he maintained to the flag to secure his place on the podium in 3rd position.
"A little more hairy than I'd have liked!" claimed Hancock after the race. "A lot of fun but the car was extremely oversteery and with Marino pushing me so hard I didn't have a chance to let up on the tyres. By the end of the race the rears were feeling particularly sorry for themselves so I really had to hang on to the back end. I hope it gave the spectators something to watch! Thanks again to Sam Thomas Racing for preparing the car so reliably, its owner for entrusting it to me again, and to Lord March for yet another extraordinary weekend. I just feel so, so lucky to be a part of the incredible event every year. Just 364 days to go until the next one.."
ENDS. (top image courtesy of Tim Scott, Fluid Images)