Eight winners of the Le Mans 24 Hours have confirmed their entries for next month’s Goodwood Revival, adding yet more star quality to the world’s biggest historic motor racing event.
Sportscar legend Derek Bell, who took five victories at La Sarthe, will compete in three races over Revival weekend, taking in GT, sportscar and saloon machinery. His seat in the RAC TT Celebration race will be in a Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C, which he will share with Clive Joy, while his Jaguar Mk1 co-driver in the St Mary’s Trophy for 1950s production saloons will be Grant Williams. He will race another Jaguar in the Lavant Cup, which this year is being held exclusively for D-Types.
Joining Bell in the Lavant Cup is Andy Wallace – 1988 winner at Le Mans – who will be in a long-nose 1955 example of the D-Type.
Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Jochen Mass, whose Le Mans victory came with Mercedes-Benz in 1989, will tackle an impressive four races over the Revival weekend.
First up for the German will be the St Mary’s Trophy, which he will tackle in a Studebaker Golden Hawk, and that will be swiftly followed by an outing in Bill Shepherd’s Ford Mustang in the Shelby Cup for pre-1966 saloons powered by the small-block V8 engine.
Mass will also share with Shepherd in the TT in the latter’s AC Cobra, while a Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ will be his steed in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy.
Richard Attwood, who gave Porsche its maiden Le Mans win in 1970, drives a Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C in the RAC TT, while Henri Pescarolo has a Shelby Cup drive in a Ford Falcon Sprint.
Revival favourite Emanuele Pirro – a five-time Le Mans winner with Audi – takes to the track in a Mercury Comet Cyclone in the Shelby Cup, a lightweight Jaguar E-type in the TT, a Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ in the Sussex Trophy and an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti in the St Mary’s Trophy.
Confirmed last week were Mark Blundell, winner with Peugeot in 1992, and 1969 victor Jackie Oliver, who took his victory in a Ford GT40 with Jacky Ickx in 1969.
Blundell, a race-winner in Indy car racing in USA and an F1 podium finisher, will share a Ford Zodicac MkII in the St Mary’s Trophy with Kerry Michael.
Oliver, one of only a handful of drivers to have won sportscar racing’s ‘triple crown’ of Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring enduros, will make a treble-assault on the Revival as he shares his own BMW 700 with John Clark, partners Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner in a Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C in the TT and enters the Shelby Cup in Peter Hallford’s Ford Mustang.