Formula 1 hero David Coulthard will this year make his race debut in the Goodwood Revival, tackling the St Mary’s Trophy in a 1958 Austin A35.
SEP 06th 2016
F1 ace David Coulthard set to race 85hp Austin at Revival
The 45-year-old Scot, who raced in F1 from 1994 to 2008, will share the #25 machine with Stephen Potts in the two-driver, two-part St Mary’s Trophy that for only the second time in the 18-year history of the Revival is a one-make race.
Coulthard has made numerous appearances at the Festival of Speed, demonstrating many of the machines in which he made his name, but has yet to tackle the Motor Circuit retrospective.
The racer-turned TV commentator/pundit got his big break in F1 with Williams after the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994. He raced for the famous British squad until the end of 1995, the year in which he took five pole positions and his maiden Grand Prix win – in Portugal.
He joined McLaren for 1996, where he stayed for nine consecutive seasons. During that time, one of the longest-running driver/team partnerships in the history of the sport, he secured seven more poles and 12 victories. He finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in the 2001 World Championship.
Coulthard joined the all-new Red Bull Racing team for 2005, helping to develop it into a credible outfit and taking two podium finishes during his four years with the team.
After retiring from the cockpit at the end of 2008, the intelligent, articulate and well-informed Coulthard was soon snapped up for F1 broadcasting work, first with the BBC and, from the start of 2016, Channel 4.
‘DC’, as he’s affectionately known in racing circles, will face a horde of British Touring Car stars and Le Mans aces in the St Mary’s Trophy Pro-Am encounters, with 30 of the identical Austins jostling for position around the 2.4-mile Motor Circuit. The celebs will take to the track on the Saturday and the owners on Sunday, promising two thrilling battles up and down the field.
David Coulthard stats at a glance
Grand Prix starts: 246 (1994-2008)
Pole positions: 12
Fastest laps: 18
Podium places: 62
Front-row starts: 37
Races led: 62
Laps led: 897