Not since 2011 has the FIA World Touring Car Championship ventured onto UK soil. But that’s all about to change as the WTCC will make its official Goodwood Festival of Speed debut in 2016.
Six of the leading drivers from the championship, representing all of the competing automotive brands that currently contest the series, will tackle the iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb as part of the ‘Race to Goodwood’ – which will culminate in a timed shoot-out in a dedicated category for WTCC cars.
While points won’t be at stake, pride certainly will be, so expect a truly spectacular display from the sextet on the Hillclimb.
The stars of the WTCC have proved highly popular at Goodwood over the past decade with Citroen ace Sebastien Loeb making the sixth-fastest Hill ascent in Festival of Speed history in 2014.
Rob Huff, the 2012 World Champion, hustled a Chevrolet Camaro to the top of the Hillclimb during his title-winning year while Gabriele Tarquini has had retro Formula 1 machinery – Honda’s 1965 RA272 – at his disposal for the past two seasons.
NEW-LOOK TOURING CARS
The six competing cars will all appear in special and striking one-off liveries, created by esteemed artists and designers.
Fans of the WTCC will be able to vote for their favourite designs online via a special microsite that will be hosted here on GRR and on the official WTCC website, while an expert judging panel and visitors to the Festival of Speed will be able to cast their votes in person at next summer’s event.
And that’s just the first step.
For 2017, each manufacturer will be invited to develop a concept for their vision of the World Touring Cars of the future. The spectacular creations will be on display at the Festival of Speed throughout the event.
We can’t wait…