Aston Martin Racing: Sam Hancock becomes official factory driver

Thursday, May 20, 2010

British racing driver Sam Hancock will join the list of esteemed names to compete for Aston Martin Racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours this June (12/13) after being announced as an Official AMR Factory Driver.

Following a successful test at Motorland Aragon last week, the 30-year-old sportscar ace was selected as one of three drivers for the works squad’s #009 LMP1 coupe at La Sarthe, where he will partner fellow new recruit Juan Barazi and existing AMR Factory Driver Darren Turner.

Sam’s programme will also include the Le Mans Series season finale, the Silverstone 1000kms, in mid-September.

The former Le Mans Series LMP2 champion is no stranger to the unique challenge of Le Mans having raced there four times already in his career. His last appearance, in 2006, was as a factory Courage Competition driver when he ran as high as fifth overall in the team’s LC70 LMP1 entry before engine failure in the 15th hour.

Since then Hancock has turned his hand to the prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB in which he was a multiple winner, while also founding The Drivers Club, a highly successful and exclusive private driver coaching service.

Sam Hancock: “Becoming an official Aston Martin Racing Factory Driver represents the pinnacle of my career so far and a tremendous opportunity to return to top line endurance racing. It will be a real honour to pull on the Aston Martin overalls and follow in the footsteps of names like Shelby and Salvadori. It will be a challenge to emulate their Le Mans 24 Hours victory of 1959 against the diesel contingent but we’ll certainly be giving it our best shot and we’ll also be gunning for the honour of best-placed petrol car. This is amazingly exciting for me and I’ll be working very hard to repay the team’s faith in me.”

Aston Martin Racing made their successful return to prototype racing last season after a 20-year hiatus, winning the Le Mans Series title at the first time of asking. The team also finished fourth behind a trio of diesels at Le Mans, beating the next highest placed petrol car by three laps.

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