Sportscar and GT star Sam Hancock helped the polesitting Track
Club 3 team to victory in the Lotus 6 Hour in association with Go
Green Motorsport at Brands Hatch in an absorbing endurance
encounter today (Saturday).
Hancock partnered Michael Claessens in a Track Club 3 Lotus 2
Eleven and was the fastest man in the morning's qualifying. He then
kept the Jamie Orton and Nathan Freke-shared Exige V6 at an arm's
length for the entirety of his first stint to hand over to his
Orton and Freke, in the fourth of the Track Club cars, claimed
the lead in the third hour but were forced to relinquish that
advantage when Adam Orton pulled out of the race complaining of a
back injury, leaving Freke without a means of completing the
Another of the race protagonists, the race sponsoring and 2012
winner Go Green Motorsport later pulled out of the lead with
overheating problems. Although the squad returned to the track, it
was nothing more than a brief cameo.
The race was by no means without incident, but it was left to
Claessens to bring the orange 2 Eleven home. The Track Club 2
pairing of Adam Knight and Adam Balon chased him to the flag,
closing from three laps in arrears to just one lap in the Kent
darkness at the flag.
The Fox Motorsport Elise had been showing well and was the
fastest car on track in the latter stages. It was then handed third
place after the CAST Motorsport Exige Cup, at that time in the
hands of BTCC rising star Jack Goff, expired in the pits in a cloud
of steam. The late retirement denied a thrilling fight for the
final podium place, but that will be immaterial to the celebrating
Fox trio of Jamie Stanley, BJ Chong and Paul McNeilly.
In the Elise Class, Adam Gore and Jason Baker were relentless in
their quest for the class win and were rewarded, finishing more
than two laps clear of the ES Motorsport Elise. Martin Donnelly
starred, claiming third in the final hour during his second stint
in the Martins Angels machine.
Earlier in the day in the MSVT Trackday Trophy, Oliver Rueben's
long stint in the Peugeot 205 GTi he shared with Darren Dunne was
enough to keep a charging Martin Mortimer at bay for the win.
Mortimer took over from his mother and collect fastest lap with
every tour. A car in the gravel with just a few minutes remaining
brought out an early chequered flag, sparing Dunne a battle for the
Adam Rogers held on for third after leapfrogging early leader
Mark Penny during the pitstop stages.
Lotus 6 Hour in association with Go Green Motorsport top
- Track Club 3 - 343 laps
- Track Club 2 - +1 lap
- Fox Motorsport - +3 laps
- Track Club 1 - +13 laps
- Hofmanns Motorsport - +24 laps
- Rob Boston Racing (Elise Trophy Class) - +30 laps