FAQs – what you need to know
When will the rally sprint take place?
Twice on Saturday evening, as the sun sets and the party is getting going, then again on Sunday morning. The first run on Saturday will be a shakedown for the cars, the second a proper timed run. Sunday’s run will be the first competitive action of the day and will be timed, with no extra practice for the drivers.
Where is best to watch?
The whole sprint takes place between the start line and the entrance to Woodcote Corner, allowing incredible viewing the whole way round. You’ll be able to see the cars blasting away from anywhere on the start line or the inside of the chicane, and the chicane banking will also afford two chances to see the cars tackle the right/left combo. Woodcote grandstands and the area around the Super Shell building will allow viewing of three spectacular hairpin turns while the roof of the pit lane allows viewing of most of the course. For those who want to see some flame-spitting, light-glaring action, the Saturday run in total darkness is not to be missed, while Sunday’s run will almost certainly be the quicker one, with drivers competing in full daylight and with extra knowledge of the course. And don’t forget to see (and hear!) the cars coming through the tunnel! Although this won’t be part of the timed competition, it should still be quite a sight…
How will the winner be decided?
The sprint will be decided by an aggregate timing system, with the times from Sunday morning’s run added to the times from Saturday night. With winners crowned in four* different classes: Group 4, Group B, Group A and WRC.
Who is driving?
We will confirm the full entry list closer to the event, but today we can confirm an exciting quintet of drivers who will take part. Petter Solberg, the only man to win both the WRC and World Rallycross titles, will be competing alongside five-time Le Mans winner, and Goodwood House Captain, Emanuele Pirro, five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae, 2003 Le Mans winner and 2011 American Le Mans Series Champion Guy Smith and former Group B star Kalle Grindel.
What cars can I see?
We’re several weeks away from the event and the entry list is already looking incredible. Already confirmed are Group B Audi Quattros, a Peugeot 205 T16, a Ford RS200 and a Metro 6R4. From Group A you can expect to see Subaru Imprezas and Lancia Deltas, Group 4 brings the howling Lancia Stratos, while the WRC-spec action includes a stunning ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus.
Will the cars have co-drivers?
No, the event will be run to sprint regulations, and given that the course isn’t the length of your average WRC stage, co-drivers would only slow the cars down.
Will the cars go off road?
While they will venture off the track, using both the run-off area at Woodcote and the pit lane itself, they will not leave the tarmac.
Where will the cars be when they are not competing?
During the day the cars will be in their own specially-designed ‘service park’ paddock area in the gravel area near the Old Control Tower, but for a special treat after the Saturday night stage the cars will make their way to the entrance to the party and park there for all to see.
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