Goodwood SpeedWeek delivers full-throttle entertainment

Goodwood Motor Circuit finally reverberated to the sounds of horsepower this past weekend (October 16/17/18) as it staged a full-throttle three days of automotive perfection in the shape of Goodwood SpeedWeek presented by MasterCard.

Following the disappointment of seeing the 78th Members’ Meeting, Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and the Goodwood Revival events cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the peace and tranquility of the West Sussex countryside was broken for this special one-off extravaganza.

Taking place behind closed doors, the great and the good of the motorsport world descended on the much-loved venue to serve up a feast of entertainment in the shape of demonstrations, static displays, racing and a timed shootout.

As has been the case down the years, the British Automobile Racing Club played its part by continuing in its organisational role by appointing marshals and officials, as well as ensuring the smooth-running of the meeting too.

One of the headline acts of the event proved to be the SpeedWeek Shootout, which saw Nick Padmore set a new lap record around the iconic 2.4-mile track. Already holding the record after setting a blistering lap in a Lola T70 Spyder during the Bruce McLaren Trophy race at the 74th Members’ Meeting in 2016, Padmore lowered the benchmark by more than eight seconds.

Elsewhere, a mouth-watering array of sensational sportscars, flame-spitting saloons and evocative racing cars went wheel-to-wheel, undoubtedly putting those watching at home on the edge of their seats.

Notable winners included Lister-Jaguar Coupé duo of Wakeman and Lotterer in the RAC TT Celebration, Mike Whitaker in the Whitsun Trophy, William Nuthall in the Richmond & Gordon Trophies and Marino Franchitti in the Lavant Cup, amongst many more.

To rewatch all of the action from each of the three days at Goodwood SpeedWeek, click here.

Full results from every race at Goodwood SpeedWeek can be found here.