Twenty-five years after a young Mark Blundell rocked Le Mans by putting the Nissan R90CK on pole, the marque’s latest British signing, Max Chilton, will wow the crowds at the 73rd Members’ Meeting with a high-speed demo’ in the same car.
As we showed you in our extraordinary video, Blundell’s 1990 lap is one of the greats; the future F1 and IndyCar star hustling the mighty Nissan around La Sarthe at almost unbelievable pace.
Now, a quarter-of-a-century later, Nissan will return to the world famous endurance race and have signed ex-Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton to lead their charge against the collective might of Toyota, Porsche and 13 times winners Audi.
Chilton, who rewrote the F1 record book by finishing each of his first 25 grands prix, will take to the track on Saturday March 21, as part of a high-speed display of Group C machinery. The stunning red-white-and-blue car is powered by a mighty 3.5-litre V8 pumping out up to 1000hp and is now owned by Swedish racer and well-known Group C car collector Kent Abrahamsson.
Chilton, who had originally planned to attend the meeting as a spectator, had been set to make his Goodwood racing debut at the 2014 Revival, only for his Ford Mustang to suffer an engine failure on the way to the grid for the Shelby Cup.
Speaking after the announcement a delighted Chilton said: ‘I was really excited about making my Goodwood race debut at the Revival last year in the Shelby Cup, so it was pretty unfortunate that I wasn’t able to race in the end due to an engine failure.
‘I was just planning on going to spectate this weekend and catch up with a few old faces, but now I can’t wait to drive the Nissan R90CK thanks to Kent Abrahamsson’s kind offer.’
While the R90CK may have smashed the rest of the field in qualifying it failed to finish the 1990 race, despite leading until dawn. Who knows, maybe a few laps of Goodwood will be the perfect inspiration for Chilton to recreate that iconic pole come June …