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Goodwood Festival of Speed
Superstars in super cars
The Goodwood Festival of Speed which took place at the end of June attracted fans, professionals and wannabes in their hordes, as ever.


Gamer-turned racer Jann Mardenborough smashed the supercar record for the Goodwood Hillclimb
Gamer-turned racer Jann Mardenborough smashed the supercar record for the Goodwood Hillclimb

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16.07.2014 - The racing highs were many and varied, as were the celebrity runs.  Gamer-turned racer Jann Mardenborough gave one of the most dramatic performances when he smashed the supercar record for the Goodwood Hillclimb with some sensational driving in the Michelin Supercar run.

Welsh wizard Mardenborough, whose only race experience until winning the GT Academy in 2011 had been of the online variety, was at the wheel of a Nissan GTR-NISMO ‘Time Attack’ and assaulted the 1.16-mile Hillclimb in a staggering 49.27 seconds, his run edging out the Noble M600, driven by touring car legend Anthony Reid.

Lexus, Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, McLaren, Audi, Jaguar, Pagani, Bentley, Maserati, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Sin, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and Ginetta were all represented during the run, with ex-Formula 1 racers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan and sportscar legend Derek Bell each taking a turn behind the drivers’ seat.

The Supercar Run was not the only highlight of that day.  Fresh from his pole position at the previous weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa wowed the crowd by driving Damon Hill’s 1996 Formula 1 World Championship-winning Williams FW18, and 2009 champion Jenson Button did likewise in a McLaren MP4-26-Mercedes-Benz.

The Forest Rally Stage presented by Skoda featured former World Rally Champions Sebastien Loeb – driving one of his title-winning Citroen DS3 WRCs – Hannu Mikkola in an Audi Quattro S4 and Bjorn Waldegard in a Toyota Celica, while two-wheeled legends Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini and Dougie Lampkin grabbed plenty of attention on the Hillclimb and the GAS Arena respectively.

Celebrity guests included Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay in the ultra-special LaFerrari; Sir Chris Hoy driving a Nissan in the Supercar Run; former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell; current England international footballer Glen Johnson; TV presenter Jake Humphrey; and rockstar Chris Rea.

 



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