Hancock for Team Jota At Istanbul
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
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.
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.”
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."
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