Hancock awarded full membership of British Racing Drivers Club

London based professional racing driver, Sam Hancock, today became a full member of the prestigious British Racing Drivers Club.

The BRDC, as it is known, is arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing. With a membership that numbers only 850, it is home to the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Those who have met the exacting entry criteria have achieved at the highest levels of the sport, or made a significant contribution to enable others to do so. 

Membership of the BRDC is sought after and extremely difficult to achieve. The list of Members, past and present, reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of motor sport and Hancock's achievements, notably in GT and sports car racing at National, European and World level, have earned him the chance to fulfil what has long been a lifetime ambition.

As owners of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, the club's priorities include the facilitation of the British Grand Prix and the fostering of young talent to ensure Britain retains its position as a dominant force in motor sport. 

Sam Hancock:

" This really is a great honour and I am extremely grateful to the club for the invitation and to the other members who kindly took the time to support my nomination. I've long been a fan of the history of the sport, so it is not lost on me just how special it is to be a part of a club like this. I'm looking forward to getting involved, enjoying some events and seeing if there's perhaps any useful contribution I might be able to offer, to give something back to the sport and the club."

ENDS

 

Hancock fights back from 35th to 7th in Monaco Historic F1 thriller

British racing driver, Sam Hancock, fought from the back of a thirty five car field to finish seventh in the pre-1978 Formula 1 race in last weekend’s Monaco Historique Grand Prix.

The prestigious event, held on the very same streets of the principality used by the modern Grand Prix cars just two weeks later, is a bi-annual affair and features grids for both single seaters and sports cars from multiple eras in celebration of Monaco’s rich motor sport history.

Racing a historic grand prix car for the first time, London-based Hancock qualified his 1977 DFV-powered Fittipaldi F5A on the front row of the grid, just a few tenths of a second behind seasoned winner Michael Lyons.

image: Tim Scott

image: Tim Scott

Disaster struck however on the warm-up lap when Hancock lost clutch pressure rendering him unable to do a standing start. With no choice but to fall to the back and roll through the pit lane in order to keep the car moving while the others took the start, Hancock joined the race at the back of the pack.

Proving that overtaking at Monaco is indeed possible, he set about scything his way through the field, setting provisional fastest laps along the way as soon as traffic allowed. Up to seventh by lap sixteen, his progress was curtailed when a Safety Car period suspended racing while crash debris was cleared. Unfortunately the wreckage was too great to clear quickly and the chequered flag fell without racing being resumed. 

Sam Hancock:

“ That was great fun. Bitter-sweet because while it was exciting fighting back through the pack, I’m sure I could have picked a few more off if we’d been able to race all the way to the flag. Even better would have been not to loose the clutch and start from the front as I’m sure Michael and I could have enjoyed a great fight for the win. With a bit of luck I’ll be invited back in a couple of years to set the record straight! My congratulations to Michael though on an impressive performance - and for annoyingly pinching fastest lap by a tenth right at the end there! Most importantly though, many, many thanks to all those who helped pull this weekend together. A lot of people, especially my Dad and the Chamberlain Synergy boys, worked their butts off to make this happen and it’s kind of nuts that they have to stand and watch while I get to di the fun bit! I really do want to thank them enormously for this really special life experience.”

ENDS.