Porsche stars turn out for Goodwood Festival of Speed


 

Porsche celebrated its 18th 24 Hours of Le Mans triumph by running a 919 Hybrid at the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb.

Marc Lieb, who formed one third of the winning trio with Neel Jani and Romain Dumas, piloted the #2 machine throughout the weekend. Dumas, meanwhile, used the weekend to defend his Pikes Peak title in the United States.

World Endurance champion Brendon Hartley shared the ride with Lieb, as well as getting behind the wheel of a monstrous Porsche 917/30 Can-Am capable of producing over 1500 bhp in period qualifying trim.

One of the highlights of the Festival of Speed was the supercar shootout, introduced in 2015 to test the pace and handling of the world’s freshest production cars against the clock.

Porsche won this year’s event, contested between 24 different marques, with Paul Rees ascending the hill in 57.63 seconds aboard a 911 Turbo S.

The damp conditions and narrow track made for a challenging run, but Rees was able to overcome these and cross the line two seconds quicker than the Nissan GT-R of GP3 race winner Jann Mardenborough.

Third place went to the Caterham 620R, which in the hands of Jon Barnes set a 61.76 second time.

Former European Le Mans Series champion Oliver Webb finished fourth in a BAC mono, while Ciaron Haggerty brought McLaren’s 570S Sprint into the top five.

Porsche driver and actor Patrick Dempsey also took a turn on the hillclimb, driving a prototype of the new Panamera Turbo. He shared the famous tarmac throughout the weekend with Porsche Carrera Cup GB front-runner Charlie Eastwood who ran his 2016 championship car, plus 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood who displayed one of the legendary Group 4 906 racers from the 1960s.