Called up at short notice by Sam Thomas Racing to drive an exquisite Lister Knobbly in the Salvadori Trophy, British racing driver Sam Hancock found himself jockeying into the Goodwood sunset alongside former team mates and contemporaries such as Darren Turner, Marino Franchitti and Oliver Bryant.
Owned privately by a British collector, the ex-Ecurie Ecosse machine hadn't been run in anger for nearly two years, meaning eighth position on the thirty car grid was a more than satisfying start to the weekend. That Hancock was then able to muscle his way past the Leventis-owned Ferrari 246s Dino driven by Darren Turner and battle with Franchitti's Maserati 'Birdcage' in the race before ultimately crossing the line in 4th place was cause for smiles all around.
"That was a huge amount of fun! Racing against my friends and some of the fastest drivers from both modern and historic racing here in the Goodwood sunshine is about as lucky as a man can feel and I'm so grateful to the team, the owner and Goodwood for having me here. I could quite easily fall in love with this car - it's a little down on power compared to the big boys and their more developed machines, but it's got a lovely balance and I can really sense its potential. With a bit of luck we'll have a chance to do some more with her."
Sam Hancock is a London-based professional racing driver competing internationally in both modern and historic sports racing cars. His next outings include the Monaco Historique Grand Prix in which he'll be driving a 1970's Fittipaldi Formula 1 car.