Sam Hancock – from road to track with a professional historic racing driver
It’s early morning in Notting Hill, and Sam Hancock has just shattered the peace with his dark green 456, originally owned by Rowan Atkinson. We’re joining Sam on the way to Rockingham, where he’s due to be testing a Ferrari 512 BB LM ahead of the Spa Classic. Alas, the silhouette racer won’t play ball today, but, nevertheless, Sam will manage to blag some track time in Gregor Fisken’s Aston Martin DBR9, which is being shaken down. Every cloud, as the saying goes. With both car and passengers fuelled and on the road, we snatched the chance to quiz Sam on the beginnings of his motorsport career, driving a Works Aston Martin at Le Mans, and what it’s like to be a paid professional historic racing driver.
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