Goodwood Revival: Harry Stedman Interview - Ollie Hancock
October 13 2014, 0 Comments
Looking back to last month and the truly awesome event that is The Goodwood Revival, we managed to catch up with young yet esteemed racing car driver, Mr Ollie Hancock. Following the Sussex Trophy we chatted about the festival, favourite cars and what he's set his sights on next. How long have you been racing at Goodwood and what first brought you into the festival? "Well, 2014 was my first proper race at Goodwood, I have been driving there for 10 years but have never competed. I arrived here on the scene when my Father, Anthony, was racing his Lotus 23b and loved it ever since! Its a special place with tremendous history, you'll never find a similar venue." What’s your assessment of your performance in the race? Anything you’d have done differently? "Haha, looking back there is always something you could change. I had not driven the car before and it was straight into qualifying which is always a test in itself. I probably could of used a seat in the car too, as i couldn't see over the steering wheel!" Can you give us a walk-through of the car you were racing; its component parts (or lack of), your favourite features? "Our car is a Lister "Knobbly" Jaguar from 1958 with a V12 engine and a 4 speed manual gearbox. My favourite feature of the design, is the huge wide wheel arches, perfect for rubbing wheels during the race! I was told not to bend it though, its probably worth more than my house!" What are you currently driving outside the race circuit? "My road car is a BMW M3, 4.4 litre V8 with 400 BHP. I am a car nut case as well as a racing driver, so I need something with a bit of poke!" Favourite car of all time? "This is a really hard question to answer as I love so many cars, but, if I could own any car in existence, it would have to be A Ferrari F40, the iconic super car from the 1980s. I grew up as a kid with posters of that car on my bedroom wall, one day I plan to own one...or two!" Your racing career highlights? "2008 - winning the Formula Renault BARC Championship, that was a really special moment as I won it at my home race with all the family there, still with 2 races to go! Then there was my Formula 2 debut, and then driving for Lotus in 2010 and 2014. The next aim is to win the Le Mans 24 Hours." After chatting to us, Ollie was off to Donington for the British GT Championship in which he claimed 2nd spot, making it 3 podiums in as many championships. Not satisfied, he was then off to Singapore were he was competing in the Formula 1 support race, driving a 1978 Fittipaldi F1 car (Below) which turned out to be the fastest on the day. Well Done Ollie!