The 15 races scheduled for this year’s Goodwood Revival will include a line-up of no less than 14 British Touring Car race winners – including four BTCC Champions – set to compete at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit in a variety of sensational sports, GT and saloon racing cars. That’s more BTCC race winners than are currently competing in this season’s series championship!
BTCC legend Jason Plato will be reunited with TV chef James Martin in the Saturday Kitchen presenter’s Mini Cooper S in the St Mary’s Trophy, catering for racing saloons of a kind that competed from 1960-66.
Among Plato’s chief rivals in the St Mary’s race will be current Honda BTCC pairing Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden, who have four championship crowns between them, sharing their own Ford Lotus Cortina in the race, while Neal will also contest the RAC TT Celebration for early-1960s GTs in a Lister Sunbeam Tiger.
2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan will share a similar Lotus Cortina with his father Mike – himself a BTCC race winner and British GT champion. Three-time World Touring Car Champion and current BTCC racer Andy Priaulx will drive a BMW 1800 TiSA, while his regular WSR team-mate, Sam Tordoff, tackles a Fiat 1500S Abarth.
Two more BTCC race winners, Jackie Oliver and Darren Turner, will also have BMWs at their disposal, and will respectively drive a Jaguar E-type and AC Cobra in the TT.
The 1993 BTCC series runner-up, Steve Soper, races a Cortina, while Tiff Needell campaigns a Jaguar Mk 2. Tom Kristensen, three-time BTCC race winner in 2000, will race a Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, as well as the unique Lister-Jaguar Coupe in the TT.
Four more drivers with touring car pedigree; 1970 European Champion Jochen Mass, former German and Italian title-winner Emanuele Pirro, sportscar legend Derek Bell and ex-BTCC front-runner Patrick Watts have also confirmed their drives for the Revival.
Patrick Watts races a Cooper-Bristol T25 against Mass in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, while 1993 BTCC driver and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace will battle against him in a Jaguar C-Type, plus a Jaguar Mk 2 in the St Mary’s.
With 14 leading tin top racers in action at the 2015 Goodwood Revival, this year’s event is one not to be missed, with a handful of tickets still available, strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.