DTM goes to Goodwood
“Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day,”
said racing driver Roy Salvadori,
“and you can keep the rest…”
The Briton’s message was clear: a day at the picturesque West Sussex circuit is about as perfect a moment as you can hope to have. And the neighbouring hillclimb site, in the grounds of stately Goodwood house, is an equally good substitute.
Venue for the Festival of Speed, an annual celebration of the great and good of two- and four-wheel racing vehicles, it has become the biggest event in the world to celebrate the history and heritage of world motorsport.
This year’s meeting celebrated a number of notable anniversaries, including the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher (which included demonstrations from almost all of his F1 cars, from the pretty Jordan 191 right through to a 2011 AMG Mercedes); 50 years of the constructor March (including a full suite of cars from F1, CART and CanAm); and the 100th anniversary of Bentley, which saw a huge array of vintage British Racing Green machinery in the paddock.
As always, motorsport royalty was in full attendance, including appearances from the likes of world champion Damon Hill, Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, Daniel Ricciardo, Lucas di Grassi, and FIA president Jean Todt.
DTM legends Eric van de Poele, Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Ellen Lohr were also in attendance, as were the series’ three current manufacturer brands: Aston Martin, Audi and BMW.
“Goodwood is always very special,”
said Biela, who spent the weekend driving a 1988 Trans Am for Audi.
“It’s not just about driving the cars; it’s about being here, seeing the people. It’s an event that gets bigger and bigger every year: the British fans are really special – they’re well informed and interested in everything. It’s always a fantastic event and a fantastic weekend.”
1991 champ Biela was driving a 1988 Audi Trans Am up the hill
For DTM race winner Kristensen, the event acts as a living museum of motorsport. “This event pulls together so many classic cars from across motorsport history,” he said. “The fans get to see how the cars have evolved over the years – look at Audi’s IMSA cars, the Quattro World Rally car, sports cars and DTM – it’s a privilege for me to be part of it and be able to showcase these cars at Goodwood.”
Kristensen enjoys the privilege of driving classic Audi racers at Goodwood
For younger drivers Alexander Sims and Colin Turkington, Goodwood offered a rare opportunity to get behind the wheel of a DTM car. For Turkington, a three-time BTCC champion, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I’ve been trying to get into one of these cars for more than 10 years now,”
admitted the Ulsterman.
“I’ve always kept a close eye on DTM, so it’s a dream come true to be able to get in the car."
Turkington finally achieved a 10-year-long dream to drive a DTM car
“Sitting inside a DTM cockpit is so removed from my BTCC car – the steering wheel is like a joystick, and when you hit the accelerator it just feels so raw; there’s so much power. I’d really like to get this car out on a circuit to see what it could do.”
Goodwood: where even professional racing drivers get to indulge their fantasies…!