The Goodwood Hillclimb record is under threat, as Sebastien Loeb fires the first serious shot of this weekend’s assault…
41.6secs. That’s how long it took Nick Heidfeld to drive a 1998 McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car from the bottom to the top of Lord March’s front drive in 1999. Then, when the rules allowed ‘current’ F1 cars to compete for Festival of Speed honours, the young and hungry Heidfeld had a point to prove, and the full technical might of the McLaren F1 team was directed at our little corner West Sussex for one weekend.
The result was a heady, awesome demonstration of pure bravado and raw skill, and Heidfeld’s daring assault on the infamous Hillclimb is still talked about in hushed tones by those who witnessed it. If you weren’t there, this YouTube link will show you what you missed.
Can Seb Loeb and the Red Bull Pikes Peak Peugeot 208 T16 re-write the record books?
When the rumour broke that nine-time World rally Champion Sebastien Loeb was coming to drive the Pikes Peak Peugeot at FoS, a palpable sense of excitement took over. It’s the car Loeb piloted to a new record at the infamous Pikes Peak hillclimb in Colorado last year, and suddenly FoS fans had a potential challenger to a record that once looked unbeatable.
So the stage is set, but as our exclusive video of his first ‘sighting lap’ in the car reveals, Seb is taking a relaxed approach as the momentous show-down approaches – Sunday afternoon’s event shoot-out.
Our thrilling footage (on board and trackside), gives a taster of the fireworks ahead, and we all know there’s more to come…
So watch this first qualifying run, and then stay tuned to the #FOS Live video stream here on Goodwood Road & Racing. You may be watching history in the making!