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Rosberg and Rossi at the Festival of Speed, Goodwood

Marcus Dodridge
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T he traveled nine-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi even went to southern England immediately after his success in Assen. At its premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it received a reception like no other racing driver before: The 'Rossimania' culminated in an interview on the balcony of Goodwood House, which was followed by thousands of enthusiastic visitors on the square in front of it. There the 36-year-old Italian announced: 'After my motorcycle career, I would like to compete in car races.'

Motorcycle world champion on the road in 3 racing cars

In Goodwood he started straight away. After driving his Moto GP machine in the traditional Yamaha colors, Valentino Rossi drove a Group C Mazda, the 1991 Le Mans winning car, an ex-works Porsche 956 and a Lancia Delta S4, a Group B Rally car from the exquisite collection of his compatriot Luca Macaluso.

Before that, Nico Rosberg set the mood with a Mercedes GP from 2013. The vice world champion, who lives in Monaco, had the stage of the Festival of Speed ​​to himself one day after his 30th birthday: his teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton was absent from the festival this time.

Ragnotti whirls around the course in the R5 Turbo - and does pirouettes

The most artistic part of the three-day festival was delivered by an old warrior of the rally scene. Jean Ragnotti amazed the spectators in a Renault 5 Maxi Turbo: with the agile rear-wheel drive car, in which Ragnotti won the Corsica rally 30 years ago, he put several 360-degree- Turn it. The Monte winner is a regular in Goodwood and heads the Renault Classic Department in his home country.

US collector Peter Mullin wins Concours

Olly Clark, son of the English rally legend Roger Clark, secured the best times in the Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper II', but missed Nick Heidfeld's course record of 41.6 seconds, which the German has held since 1999, by more than three seconds. US collector Peter Mullin won the Concours d’Elegance Cartier 'Style et Luxe' with his Talbot-Lago T150C SS Coupé Figoni et Falaschi “Goutte d’Eau”.


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