Hancock for Team Jota At Istanbul
Reigning LMES LMP2 champion, Sam Hancock will make his LMP1 debut at the final round of the 2005 LMES in Istanbul on 13 November joining Team Jota's driving roster alonsgside his former Le Mans partner, Gregor Fisken, and Turkish F1-aspirant Jason Tahinci with team regulars Sam Hignett and John Stack stepping back for the final round..

Its been an impressive year for the young englishman with a strong run at Le Mans in the Intersport Racing LMP2 Lola and three LMES races for Team Binnie in their Nicholson Mclaren engined B05/40. Hancock was called up by Jota following the news that the Binnie squad will not compete in Turkey in favour of a head-start on their winter development program.

Hancock was delighted with his appointment: “ I’m over the moon to be honest! I’ve had a great time with Bill Binnie’s squad lately but when they decided not to do Turkey I thought it’d be the start of a very long and quiet winter. So to end up driving for as good a team as Jota at what is by all accounts a fantastic race track, is just brilliant.

“In terms of our goals for the race, I see no reason why we shouldn’t at the very least go for a podium. I don’t know Jason personally but I hear very good things about him, and Gregor did a brilliant job for the team in Germany last time out – he is proving to be an exceptional gentleman driver, if indeed you can still categorize him as such. So with such a good team around us, there’s every reason for optimism. I am totally fired up for this one and am very grateful to Team Jota for the opportunity.”

Hancock is no stranger to Team Jota having visited the team at their East Sussex base 18 months ago. he was impressed with what he saw.

"I was hugely impressed with what Sam Hignett and the team has put together. the workshop is immaculate and despite the fact that Jota are a relatively small outfit they have spent their budget in absolutely all of the right areas. i came away from the day thinking it would be a great team to drive for an d really this is a bit of a dream come true."

Whilst this is Hancock's first true LMP1 outing he is no stranger to the large prototypes having campaigned an SR1 Kremer Lola in impressive style in the now defunct FIASCC


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