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07.09.09

Hancock Impresses on Debut

Young British racing talent Ollie Hancock took 10th place in his first Formula Two outing. After taking a disapointing 22nd place on the grid for race one, Ollie found himself in 7th place by the end of lap one. During a first corner pile up around the top 10 area, Ollie kept his nose clean and found his way through the wreckage. The safety car was called out whilst some of the stranded cars were removed, but during the restart Ollie climbed to 6th place for most of the lap, until he was caught out on cold tyres, ran wide, and dropped down the order to 14th.

However during the race, his car was performing well and he managed to follow through Championship contender and RedBull backed Robert Wickens through the field to 10th place. During the last 4 laps Ollie struggled with over heated rear tyres and eventually spun on his own with one lap to go. Although his stranded car caused a red flag and an end to the race, Ollie was still classified as the rules state the result is taken from the previous lap. " The race was amazing" said Ollie. " I couldnt quite belive what had happen on lap one, but I managed to have a great race, despite a mistake midway through on cold tyres after the safety car, I still moved up through the pack and ended 10th. The spin was a shame, I just over heated the rear tyres not knowing quite how long they would last having not raced before. But I guess its still a fine result, completely owed to my sponsors The Drivers Club and Race2Win."

Ollie started in 18th place for race two, after been competeting in the top 10 all the way through a weather changing qualifying session, and was ranked as high as 4th place in only his second every qualifying session. " Qualifying was a shame because the whole field started on wets, and did several laps, I was top 10 before I pitted for slicks." He brought the car in for slick tyres and placed the car in 4th place on his 1st flying lap. " It was all down hill from there really. I had a small off when I hit a damp patch, but nothing serious, so it messed up that lap. But the hardest part was being held up in traffic and then caught out by the red flag after a car had landed in a wall" So i had only set a time when the track was still a little damp, people who got a lap right before the red flag were the guys at the front"

Race Two was a little less evenfully for Ollie, who eventually finished in 18th place. " I used race two as a test session really. I wasnt fighting for a position so I kept out of trouble and worked on consistantcy, but I didnt have laps times on my dash so I had to work by feel. Aparently I did quite well! Everytime I went on track throughout the weekend I improved my times even though my tyres were becoming older so I am happy with what I did"