THOUSANDS of spectators watched as Sébastien Loeb stormed to victory in the hill climb at the last day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (Sunday, June 29).
After the intense climb came one of the most anticipated events of the festival - the shoot-out, featuring 20 of the best drivers in the world, in iconic cars.
Sébastien Loeb launched an assault on the hill climb and though he didn’t quite manage a new record, he put in an impressive performance and still managed to set a new weekend record, causing an eruption of applause in the grandstand.
The most successful competitor in World Rally Championship history, Loeb did the hill climb in a Peugeot 208 T16 ‘Pikes Peak’ in 44.60 seconds.
Thousands of people gathered around the edge of the track to catch a glimpse of some of the finest talent in racing history join forces on the track - though most shot past doing speeds in excess of 120mph.
There were Le Mans winners, super cars, world champions, all spanning some seven or eight decades and from different disciplines in the sport, from motocross and Moto GP to Formula One.
The line-up included Moto GP rider Bradley Smith, Sir Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, John Surtees and Kimi Räikkönen, who made his debut at the Festival of Speed.
This marks the 50th anniversary of Surtees’ 1964 Formula One World Championship triumph. He got behind the wheel of his 1964 Ferrari 158 F1, while Räikkönen drove the Ferrari F2007 that he steered to victory in 2007.
Speaking to the Chichester Observer, Damon Hill said: “This is always a great event, and really does get better and better every year.
“It’s wonderful for the area, and for people who love motorsport.”
Also racing was Lorina McLaughlin, in a Benetton B192 - the car which Michael Schumacher won his first Grand Prix.
Over three days of fantastic fun, Lord March and the Goodwood crew came up trumps, with legends from across the sport coming along to see the crowds, which has been running since 1993.