‘Mister Le Mans’ to celebrate his 50th birthday at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Tom Kristensen, legendary Le Mans and Sebring champion, will be celebrating his 50th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his first Le Mans win at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, taking place from June 29 to July 2.

Following his 1997 Le Mans win with the Joest racing team, driving a Tom Walkinshaw Racing- designed and Porsche-powered WSC95, TK, as he is affectionately known, went on to top the podium at Le Mans nine times, six of them in consecutive years. He is also the only man in racing to boast six Sebring wins.

The Festival will honour TK’s 36 years in motorsport with a collection of his greatest racing machines, including offerings from his glorious career at Audi as well as the stunning Bentley Speed 8. Meanwhile, the BMW V12 LMR, the first car to take TK to the top step of the Sebring 12 Hours, will be in action, tackling the famous Goodwood hillclimb.

In anticipation of this year’s Festival, Goodwood Road and Racing (GRR) have further released a competition to win tickets to the Festival of Speed, hinting at some of the awesome machines ticket-holders and GRR viewers will be treated to at the world’s most glamourous motorsport event: https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/event-coverage/festival-of- speed/2017/4/competition-win-fos-tickets/.

Saturday and weekend tickets are now sold-out, with Thursday, Friday, and Sunday tickets selling fast. Hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend. To buy tickets or enquire about hospitality visit www.goodwood.com or call the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.

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Goodwood Members’ Meeting tickets are likely to go quickly!

This year’s 75th Members’ Meeting, taking place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on March 18-19, will celebrate some of the most competitive and exciting touring cars ever to race, 30 years since the inaugural World Touring Car Championship took place in 1987.

2016 Goodwood Members Meeting, 74th Members Meeting, Brooks Trophy. Photo: Drew Gibson

Running for a single year in 1987, the WTCC was open to cars complying with the FIA’s Group A regulations. The championship featured legendary names such as Roberto Ravaglia, Emanuele Pirro and Johnny Cecotto in BMW M3s battling with the Ford Sierra RS500s of German aces Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz and British Touring Car Championship frontrunners Steve Soper and Andy Rouse. The Group A regulations helped spawn numerous unlikely, but superb, racers, and the demonstrations will highlight the diversity of the era, with Rover SD1s, Jaguar XJSs, Ford Mustangs and Volvo 240 Turbos sharing the Goodwood asphalt alongside the M3s and RS500s.

Goodwood Road Racing Club Members and racegoers will witness two batches of Group A greats, with the early Group A machines, including BMW 635s, Jaguar XJSs, Rover SD1s and Volvo 240 Turbos, in one and the younger RS500s, M3s and Alfa Romeo 75s on track in a later demo.

Watch Goodwood’s official track tester, 2013 BTCC Champion and Members’ Meeting and Revival race winner Andrew Jordan, test-driving a BMW 528 at the Motor Circuit on Goodwood Road and Racing this Thursday on www.goodwood.com/grrc.

A limited number of public tickets for the 75th Members’ Meeting are available and likely to be sold out within the month. Tickets are on sale at www.goodwood.com and at the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.