Two Sams Lead To Fisken In At Jota
With A Little Bit Of dsc Too
Haruki Kurosawa is otherwise busy in Japan this
coming weekend, so can’t occupy the Jota Zytek.
A ‘chance’ meeting at the Britcar media
day (no idea what Sam Hignett was doing there - although perhaps
he was present to ensure that he really could be dsc’s pit
runner at the 24 Hours) between Sam and Gregor (testing Howard Redhouse’s
BMW) Fisken has resulted in the ALMS P2 winner at Portland joining
Team Jota this weekend, at the Nurburgring 1000 Kms.
In fairness, it was the suggestion from dsc’s
Editor – “Why don’t you go and have a word with
Gregor, I know he wants to race an LMP1” – which initiated
it had not been for a push in the right direction from the good
folk at dailysportscar… I would never have
presumed to have knocked on Team Jota’s door,” comments
the Scot. “Having sat out the Silverstone 1000kms, with a
frustrating failed promise of a drive in LMP2, and another broken
promise last week, this enormous opportunity arrived me to drive
in LMP1 at Jota, with John Stack and Sam Hignett . I hope I can
do a good job and reward their faith in me!”
We’re sure you will Gregor.
Fisken’s LMP career began thanks to a chance
invitation at the 2004 Goodwood Revival meeting.
“The Goodwood organization asked me if I would
mind sharing the famous, ex-works Jaguar E type lightweight in the
TT, with some young Courage hot shoe called Sam Hancock. Anyway
Sam turned into an instant friend and, having himself got on well
with the joys of old car racing, suggested that as I could drive
‘these wobbly old cars well’ I definitely should try
some real racing cars - from his world!“
fixed up a Courage test, and Gregor Fisken eventually found himself
racing an Intersport Lola at Sebring this year. At this rate, he’ll
be in an Audi R10 next year!
Here's Sam Hignett
in the gloom at the Nurburgring last July.