Le Mans legends lead Goodwood Members' Meetingby Graham Keilloh on 6th February 2019
Kristensen leads a line-up of five decades’ worth of Le Mans winners at the April Goodwood event
Tom Kristensen leads the line-up of Le Mans legends confirmed to race at the latest Goodwood Members’ Meeting in April, and the rollcall includes winners of the 24-hour race from every decade going back to the 1970s.
Goodwood has confirmed the first names that will be racing at its 77th Members’ Meeting on April 6-7, and there is a Le Mans theme with 31 overall and class wins represented among those announced.
The line-up is headed by ‘Mr Le Mans’ Kristensen, who boasts an all-time record nine overall La Sarthe victories. Five-time overall winner and one-time class winner Emanuele Pirro will also be racing at Goodwood, and the Le Mans legends present will stretch back to Richard Attwood, who took the classic Porsche 917K to its first win in 1970.
There will be plenty of event debutants too. Among those confirmed to race, Guy Smith, Dieter Quester, Neel Jani, Alex Wurz and Hans-Joachim Stuck have never raced at Goodwood before while Romain Dumas has raced only at the Revival and not at the Members’ Meeting.
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.”