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Highlights from the 2015 Goodwood Festival of SpeedBack

KimiRThe 23rd edition of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed took place at the weekend – Trusted Dealers takes a look at some of the highlights below.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles. It is held in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, and enables fans to see F1 models as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the hill.

More than 180,000 people visited the Goodwood estate over the 4 day festival period to witness one of the greatest annual motorsport events in Endland.

Former Formula One™ World Champion and current Scuderia Ferrari Driver Kimi Räikkönen was one of the drivers attending the famous event, putting on a thrilling display on Friday behind the wheel of his Ferrari F10.

ShellPowered by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ road fuel and also running on Shell Helix Ultra race lubricant with PurePlus Technology, the 2007 World Champion wowed the crowds lining the 1.86 kilometre route, by flying up the iconic Hill climb at record speed.

Kimi Räikkönen, said; “I enjoyed coming back to Goodwood again and the atmosphere driving up the hill today was great. I always get a warm reception from the fans here, so it was fun to get out there and entertain everyone.”

As always there was much more to the Goodwood Festival of Speed than just Formula One cars. Mazda’s racing heritage was a major part of this year’s festival and their 1991 Le Mans 24 Hour-winning, rotary-engined 787B formed part of the distinctive central feature in front of Goodwood House.

MaclarenAmong the large selection of McLaren cars on show, a special edition of the P1 road car styled in homage to Alain Prost, stood out from the crowd and incorporated the helmet colours of the driver who won three world championships for McLaren between 1985 and 1989.

A full complement of manufacturer-run LMP1s from th2 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans were also present, including Nissan’s new GT-R LM NISMO, a hybrid with a top-side of 1,000bhp which has yet to triumph.

RossiA special guest at Goodwood this year was Valentine Rossi. who won his third race this season at the TT Assen Circuit on Saturday. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider made his first ever appearance at the Festival by riding his Yamaha YZR-M1 bike first up the hillclimb course, and then straight through the front door of Goodwood House.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. took the occasion to celebrate its 60th anniversary, with motorsport legends Kenny Roberts, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read taking part in a celebration of Yamaha‘s supreme racing heritage on Sunday.

Further cars to hold the attention of the crowds at Goodwood included the monstrous Fiat S76, with flame and smoke billowing from its 300bhp, 28.4-litre four cylinder engine as it roared up the hill – making its first public display in more than a century, and Pierre Gasly, who blasted up the track in Red Bull’s first-ever Formula One car, the RB1.

Posted by Leana Kell on 29/06/2015