Stirling may have retired from competitive racing at Le Mans. However, he will still be on the Hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (1st -3rd July) to demonstrate his own Porsche RS 61 in the racing livery of his 1961 Targa Florio CAMORADI Porsche, complete with its very visible Yellow nose, that he shared with Graham Hill.
Stirling will drive the RS 61 up the Hill on both Saturday, 2nd July, and Sunday, 3rd July, in batch 5, class 21, Classic Endurance racers. He is also due to drive the Ferguson P99, once on Saturday and once on Sunday, in batch 1, Class 3, front-engined Grand Prix cars.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed theme is ‘Racing Revolutions – Quantum leaps that shaped motor sport’, with a number of vehicles taking part that have never been seen in the UK. Other highlights include the Moving Motorshow and a celebration of the Indy 500, including the 2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti, driving Jim Clark’s Lotus 38. Jaguar take centre stage with a dramatic sculpture in front of Goodwood House. Enthusiasts will be able to view an array of Jaguars from the past, present and a little way into the future with the XK120. Examples of the Jaguar C-, D- and, of course, E-type will take part in demonstration runs in front of the crowds, up the famous Goodwood hill, along with a whole array of vehicles from all forms of motorsport and the latest supercars.
The Festival of Speed remains unique in its ability to attract the current season’s Formula One teams and drivers, with at least seven of the twelve 2011 F1 teams and their F1 cars confirmed for Goodwood, including Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Team Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen and Lotus-Renault drivers Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov.
Aside from Stirling, past Grand Prix winners present include, Nigel Mansell, John Surtees, Damon Hill and Emerson Fittipaldi alongside the current voice of F1 on the BBC, Martin Brundle. Le Mans winners Derek Bell, Richard Attwood, Andy Wallace and Marco Werner will join a roll-call of other motor sport stars at Goodwood that reads like a Who’s Who of motor racing.
From the world of rallying, star drivers Kris Meeke, Dani Sordo, Ken Block, Guy Wilks and Skoda UK Motorsport IRC Rally driver Andreas Mikkelsen will be on the Forest Rally Stage, along with many other rallying greats who will be reacquainted with the cars that made them famous, including Juha Kankkunen, Rauno Aaltonen, Jimmy McRae, Hannu Mikkola and Russell Brookes.
Motorcycling heroes will include current World Superbike riders Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, alongside TT legends John McGuinness and Guy Martin. Freddie Sheene, son of World Champion Barry, will ride the Icon Sheene motorcycle. The very latest summary of the drivers and riders due to appear at the 2011 Festival of Speed, along with the vehicles they will be running up the challenging 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, is available HERE.
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is proud to support the National Motorsport Week in the UK, running from 25th June to 3rd July 2011. For more information visit www.gomotorsport.net