Five Decades Worth Of Le Mans Winners At The Goodwood Members’ Meeting
There are going to be overall and class winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s racing at the UK’s 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on April 6-7. Together they represent 31 wins, and include the following: Romain Dumas–two overall wins (2010 & 2016) and one class win (2013); Hans-Joachim Stuck–two overall wins (1986 & 1987) and one class win (1996); Guy Smith–one overall win (2003); Dieter Quester–one class win (1973); Neel Jani–one overall win (2016); Alex Wurz–two overall wins (1996 & 2009); Darren Turner–three class wins (2007, 2008 & 2017); Jochen Mass–one overall win (1989); Emanuele Pirro (below right)–five overall wins (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 & 2007) and one class win (2003); Richard Attwood (below left)–one overall win (1970); and the star of them all, Tom Kristensen–nine overall wins (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2013).
Of these, many are new to Goodwood: Guy Smith, Dieter Quester, Neel Jani, Alex Wurz and Hans-Joachim Stuck have never raced at Goodwood before, and Romain Dumas has raced at Revival but never at the Members’ Meeting. Guy Smith, who won Le Mans in 2003 at the wheel of a Bentley Speed 8 said, “I can’t wait for the Members’ Meeting. I have attended the Festival of Speed quite a few times with Bentley, and it’s always such a fantastic event, but I’ve never done an event at the circuit. I am still a relative novice on the Goodwood Circuit as while I’ve done a few manufacturer track days, I still have a lot to learn. It’s a real old-school circuit with some fantastic sweeping, fast corners that always provides amazing racing. I have also never done any historic racing before, but I have done some historic rallying in both a Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escort in the RAC Rally, which was brilliant fun. I’ll be racing in the Gerry Marshall Trophy, and from what I have seen, and heard, the racing is epic! To see so many iconic cars, that I grew up watching as a young boy, out on track together will be a real treat.”
Tickets to the 77th Members’ Meeting are available to Goodwood Road Racing Club and Fellowship Members–it’s still possible to join the Fellowship.
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