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West Sussex, UK — With a theme of Full Throttle — The Endless Pursuit of Power, this year’s FoS is celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the inaugural Can-Am Series of 1966 and the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship victory over Niki Lauda.

Goodwood’s Festival of Speed marks the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Championship.
(photo: Goodwood)
As part of a tribute to Hunt, the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formula cars, and even his beloved A35 road car, will be on display on the grounds of Goodwood House.
And for the first time in eight years, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty, regarded as the most successful Superbike racer of all time, will return to FoS. He will ride two current Triumph bikes, the Speed Triple and the Thruxton R, as well as two bikes supplied by the National Motorcycle Museum — the Triumph Bonneville that Malcolm Uphill took to victory in the Production TT and the 750cc Production TT-winning Triumph Trident, known as ‘Slippery Sam’.
BMW will be the honored marque at the June 23-26 event, and will celebrate by bringing its M4 GTS for the hillclimb. This new six-cylinder, capable of 500 bhp, and other new models will be joined by other M cars from the past 40 years.


Rossi makes history as rookie winner of 100th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 29, 2016) – On the biggest motorsports stage imaginable, Alexander Rossi picked the perfect day to make unimaginable history before a sellout crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a worldwide television audience tuned in.

The 24-year-old Californian and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally coasted across the finish line to win the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in most memorable fashion.

Driving the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Rossi stretched his last tank of fuel over the final 36 laps around the hallowed 2.5-mile oval, running dry of Sunoco E85R as he entered Turn 4 on the final lap. The car’s momentum was enough to carry Rossi across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz.

In the process, Rossi became the 10th rookie in Indianapolis 500 history to win the race and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. He became a Verizon IndyCar Series winner in just his sixth race and the first to win a race in his debut season since Carlos Huertas in 2014.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” a stunned Rossi admitted in Victory Circle after drinking and then pouring the celebratory bottle of milk over his head. “We struggled a little bit in the pit stops but Bryan (Herta) came up with an unbelievable strategy. I can’t believe we’ve done this!”

In yet another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that saw 13 drivers swap the lead 54 times – the second most changes in Indy 500 history (68 in 2013) and seventh most for any Indy car race – Rossi led just 14 laps. The majority of the field, including Rossi, stopped for fuel and tires on Lap 164 during the caution period caused when Takuma Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda made light contact with the Turn 4 wall.

Rossi sat seventh on the Lap 167 restart and bided his time as those ahead of him began to peel off for a splash of fuel in the final 10 laps. When race leader Munoz had to stop four laps from the completion of the 200-lap event, Rossi inherited the lead and nursed his car home with help of a tow from another Andretti teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Rossi’s final lap averaged 179.784 mph, nearly 40 mph slower than the charging Munoz, but he had cushion enough to coast across the famous yard of bricks by the largest margin of victory since the 1996 race.

“This is unbelievable,” said Herta, whose team merged with Andretti’s this year to form Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian and field Rossi, who left the American open-wheel junior ranks for Europe and made five Formula One starts in 2015 before returning to race on home soil.

“Man, it was so close at the end,” added Herta, Rossi’s race strategist. “For a rookie to drive with the poise he did in such a tough situation – I was telling him, ‘Don’t let anybody pass you but save fuel’ – and he did it.”

Rossi’s deal with Andretti Herta wasn’t formalized until a few weeks before the 2016 season opener. His best finish before today was 10th at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. Now Rossi is an Indianapolis 500 champion and he continues a trend of rookies winning landmark Indy 500s started by Ray Harroun at the first race in 1911 and Graham Hill at the 50th in 1966.

“I don’t even know where to begin,” Rossi said. “In February I wasn’t even thinking about Indy car, and now we’ve just won the Indy 500. Thanks to an amazing group of people who gave me an opportunity to come here this year.”

The Indy 500 win was the fourth for Andretti Autosport (Dan Wheldon, 2005; Dario Franchitti, 2007; Hunter-Reay, 2014) and the second for Herta (Wheldon, 2011).

“After that last pit stop, I knew that Alex was going to try it,” co-owner Michael Andretti said. “We knew then, all right, if he’s going to try it, we’re going to try different strategies. It really worked out. We had two cars that had a shot at winning with two different strategies.

“To be a part of history, to win the 100th running, to win it with a 1-2 finish is incredible. I’m a bit speechless.”



Ricciardo had led the early stages from pole position in wet conditions, only losing the lead when he pitted for intermediate tyres while Hamilton persisted with wets.

The Australian turned his deficit to dust as the track continued to dry and appeared poised to charge back into the lead as the pair pitted on consecutive laps for dry tyres.

While Hamilton’s stop went smoothly Red Bull weren’t ready when Ricciardo arrived a lap later, the team blaming a miscommunication that left their driver sitting in the pits waiting for the right tyres to arrive from the garage.

It felt like an eternity but the wait was only a few seconds – enough to allow Hamilton to narrowly regain the lead.

Despite several attempts, including one investigated by the stewards, Ricciardo was unable to find a way back past the Mercedes and watched helplessly as a weekend he’d dominated turned into a Hamilton victory.

He was furious with the team after the race, bluntly rebutting an attempted apology.

“Save it,” he said.

DANIEL RICCIARDO: “On the extremes in the beginning we were quick and I did everything I had to. I asked a couple of times how the people on inters were doing but they said that my pace was really good on the extremes so we stayed out and that was no problem. And then they said “box this lap”. We put the inters on and then we came out behind Lewis. Then when Lewis pitted we tried to pit the lap later to overcut him. It was all prepared and then I came into the pits and there were no tyres.
I actually hate being like this. I hate being miserable. I got a podium in Monaco. I should be extremely happy, grateful and thankful. I’ve been fast now for two races and that’s the positive, but again no win so I’m a little bit sick of being fast and not getting any real rewards. I don’t like being the sad story. To end it on a positive note, we are fast in all conditions, which is good.”



Japanese driver fourth winner of 2016
Nobuharu Matsushita has claimed his first win of the season with a stunning display of power and precision to dominate his rivals in this afternoon’s sprint race in Monaco, leading from lights to flag ahead of Marvin Kirchhöfer and Raffaele Marciello.
The Japanese driver became the fourth winner from as many races in the 2016 season, with the victory set up at the start: Matsushita was slightly slow off the line as the lights went out but pole position gave him a better line into Ste. Devote than Kirchhöfer, who was faster away from the front row but was unable to capitalise into the first turn.
Behind them Marciello boxed in a fast starting Mitch Evans, with Norman Nato sliding inside Oliver Rowland but unable to get by Alex Lynn as the field stormed up the hill towards Casino: yesterday’s winner Artem Markelov was soon all over Rowland’s rear wing, but was unable to replicate his overtaking prowess against the Briton.
With a huge battle shaking out for the minor points positions Matsushita just pulled away to leave them to their own devices, with the rest of the field unable to compete on pace. A VSC period to remove Sean Gelael’s stricken car from the Ste. Devote barriers did nothing to halt the Japanese driver’s progress, and when teammate Sergey Sirotkin ground to a halt at Casino ART was able to concentrate 100% on what mattered: claiming the win at this fabled circuit.
Matsushita seemed able to claim the fastest lap at will, with only Nato able to compete on pace but with too much traffic to do much with it. The pair traded fast laps as the clock wound down, but there was only ever going to be one result: Matsushita grabbed the fastest lap bragging rights along with a stunning victory by over 13 seconds from Kirchhöfer and Marciello, with Evans crossing the line a lonely fourth, well ahead of a train comprising of Lynn, Nato, Rowland and Markelov, all of whom must have been cursing the lack of overtaking opportunities on the tight, twisty circuit.
At least Nato could raise a smile after regaining the lead in the drivers’ title from Markelov, 49 points to 48, with Lynn on 41, Pierre Gasly unable to add to his Barcelona haul on 33, and Marciello on 28 ahead of Matsushita and Rowland 22 points each, while RUSSIAN TIME leave the principality at the top of the teams’ standing on 76 points from Racing Engineering on 65, DAMS on 61 PREMA Racing on 35 and Carlin on 28 points as they prepare for the debut race in Baku 3 weeks hence.



Russian ace victorious in the streets of Monte Carlo
RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov has come out victorious from a dramatic feature race in Monaco after having started P15 on the grid. The Russian who was last to pit on lap 38 sustained huge pressure from Norman Nato in the final laps to take his first GP2 win ahead of the Frenchman. Oliver Rowland completed the podium.
At the start, all eyes were on another Russian as poleman Sergey Sirotkin made a slow gateway. Nato had a much better start from the front row to get into the lead at the first chicane ahead of the ART man and teammate Jordan King. Although under constant pressure from Sirotkin, Nato remained cool-headed and in control of the race managing a small gap which was good enough to keep his rival at bay.
There was more drama behind the top three with Mitch Evans having to hold off a charging Rowland, Alex Lynn soon joining the battle for P4. Feeling the pressure, the Kiwi jumped the chicane at the exit of the tunnel. He remained in front of the Briton but would later pick up a 5s time penalty for gaining an advantage. An incident between Pierre Gasly and Jimmy Eriksson at La Rascasse meant the virtual safety car was deployed long enough to collect the debris. At the re-start, Rowland quickly passed Evans.
Markelov who had already made his way up to P9 was batting hard with Nicholas Latifi for eighth when the Canadian driver clipped the wall in the tunnel. He slowly returned to the pits with a damaged suspension and retired.
At the front, Sirotkin pushed a bit too hard to try and close the gap to Nato: at the exit of La Piscine, the Russian hit the wall and heartbreakingly stepped out of his damaged car. The virtual safety car was redeployed. At the re-start Nato and King led the race much to Racing Engineering’s joy, but it would not last: the Briton also touched the barrier and retired in the pits.
With Evans and Lynn respectively pitting on lap 28 and 29, Markelov was promoted to third behind Nato and Rowland. The MP Motorsport driver stopped for supersofts on lap 30 followed a lap later by Nato who had a slow stop following a problem on the front right tyre. Markelov was thus handed the lead with eleven laps and one mandatory pitstop to go. Behind him, Rowland was hot on Nato’s tail: he tried to overtake the Frenchman but could not complete the move. Nato was then able to build a small gap to the Briton.
The virtual safety car made one last quick appearance on lap 36 as Luca Ghiotto slowed to a stop and retired from P8. At the re-start, Markelov dove into the pits for supersofts and re-joined just ahead of Nato. The Frenchman who could not believe his misfortune tried his mightiest to find a way past the Russian but Markelov on fresher rubber managed to keep Nato at bay and crossed the finish line 1.5s before anyone else.
Emotions ran high on the RUSSIAN TIME pitlwall at the chequered flag whilst Nato was disappointed with second place. Rowland in third enjoyed his maiden GP2 podium whilst Lynn, Evans, Raffaele Marciello, Antonio Giovinazzi, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Nobuharu Matsushita and Danïel de Jong completed the top ten.



ART Grand Prix driver claims second GP2 pole position

Sergey Sirotkin was not to be denied today: quickest in free practice, the Russian ace kept the pressure on his rivals during the qualifying session at Monte Carlo by setting a blazing laptime of 1:19.186 in Group B and claiming pole position. Although Norman Nato had been fastest in Group A earlier, his personal best was bettered by seven tenths by Sirotkin. The Frenchman will start from the front row in tomorrow’s feature race.

Group A – Odd numbered cars
Qualifying began with the group made up of odd numbered cars. The drivers were eager to take full advantage of their supersoft Pirelli tyres in the sixteen minute session. Series leader Pierre Gasly set the early pace, but first Mitch Evans and then Nato went quicker to go top. Lynn joined the battle for fastest laptime, but the Briton’s efforts were in vain after Evans dipped under 1m20s.
In the dying minutes, Nato put his head down and at the chequered flag claimed the top spot in a 1:19.894 – six hundredths better than Evans. Lynn finished third ahead of Raffaele Marciello, Luca Ghiotto, Nobuharu Matsushita, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Gasly (who is under investigation for failing to stop at the weighbridge), Gustav Malja, Danïel de Jong and Jimmy Eriksson.
Group B – Even numbered cars
The track conditions remained unchanged as Group B took to the track with Nato glued to the timesheet and hoping he had done enough to start tomorrow’s Feature Race from pole position. In the early stages, Sergio Canamasas went top, but unfortunately for the Carlin man he then clipped the barrier and had to return to the pits.
Sirotkin was the first man to dip under 1m20s and with a laptime of 1:19.656 ruined Nato’s hopes for glory. Jordan King looked on the same pace as the Russian driver, but he had to settle for P2, four hundredths off. The proceedings were halted after Artem Markelov missed the first chicane and went off at Ste Devote. The clock was paused with 3 minutes and 48 seconds to go as the marshals recovered the Russian’s car and repaired the barrier.
At the re-start, the drivers knew they only had one last attempt to try and improve on their personal best. Sirotkin seized that opportunity and just before the chequered flag dropped, went even quicker; leaving King five tenths adrift. Oliver Rowland finished P3 ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi who moved up to P4 on his final effort. Nicholas Latifi, Arthur Pic, Canamasas (who is also under investigation for failing to stop at the weighbridge), Sean Gelael, Markelov, Philo Paz Armand and Nabil Jeffri completed the group.