F2: BRDC rising star Hancock to complete season

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarThursday, August 27th, 2009

 
 

Formula Two will be seeing a new entrant for its final three rounds as 21-year-old BRDC Rising Star Ollie Hancock is set to take part in the series.

Hancock, who is the reigning British Formula Renault 2.0 BARC champion, will debut next weekend in Oschersleben before heading to Imola and then Barcelona for the final meeting of the season.

He began 2009 in Formula Renault UK where he took 65 points and two podiums from 12 races, leaving him 18th in the standings. At 21 he was the oldest entrant in this year’s competition.

But he says that he always had Formula Two in mind and is aiming to get a few races under his belt ahead of a full season in 2010.

Hampshire-based Hancock, whose father Tony and brother Sam are established racers, had his first chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula 2 car yesterday with a test at the Bedford Autodrome, run by series promoter Motorsport Vision. He was 0.2 seconds off the top times set there earlier in the year.

He said following the session: “I’m really excited. It’s so nice to be driving something that handles so well and was glad to have been so close to the top times so quickly.”

He is due to spend the next few weeks learning the three circuits, which are all new to him, before taking to the grid alongside fellow BRDC Rising Star Robert Wickens and BRDC Superstar Jason Moore.

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