The West Sussex-based Goodwood Motor Circuit originally opened its gates to the public on September
1948 to host Britain's very first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue on the former site of RAF
Westhampnett. The Airfield was created on land that formed part of the Goodwood Estate - home to the Dukes
of Richmond for over 300 years.
In August 1966, after 18 years of memorable competition, Goodwood closed its gates to contemporary motor
racing, although the circuit remained in continuous use as a testing and track day venue. Then on 18 September
1998, exactly 50 years to the day since the circuit first opened, the present Earl of March, re-enacted the opening
of the track at the very first Goodwood Revival meeting in the same Bristol 400 that his grandfather had used half
a century earlier on the same track, untouched by the modern world
Location : Goodwood Race Circuit, Chichester, PO18 0PH
Points to Note
- The trailer park is on the right before you go through the tunnel. If in a high vehicle make sure that you are low
enough to get through the tunnel !!!!
- Sign-on is located in the Jackie Stewart Pavilion,
- Competitors are allocated covered bay’s within the paddock area.
- Fuelling is only allowed within the fuelling area adjacent to the collection area.
Goodwood is right handed, open and undulating. Exiting the infield pit lane there is a short run up to Madgewick.
The three main corners on this circuit are double apex, and here the first apex isn’t too important as long as you hit the second nice and tight. The total turn is about 120o and there is a slight bump in between the apexes which lifts the car so don’t try to change direction too fast in the middle.
Once the car settles again, back on the power towards Fordwater, a fast gentle right hander with a crest at the apex – this needs to be taken flat out for a quick lap.
A short straight, and then brake firmly and downshift for the 30o right hander with no name (where Sir Stirling Moss famously crashed). Hold the car to the centre of the track on the exit as you are about to hard left for St Mary’s. Turn in positively but then relax a little as the camber drops away, the car will start to drift wide until the track rises again and grip returns.
Accelerate hard again and then brake firmly for the entry into Lavant Corner, another edouble apex right hander.
You are about to enter the Lavant Straight, the fastest part of the circuit, so keep it neat on the way in and make sure yoy are properly placed for the second part of the bend so that you can apply power all the way through. Every mph of exit speed counts here. Hold the throttle wide open all the way down Lavant, straightening the slight kink and keep your nerve as Woodcote, the double apex, rushes up to you.
Woodcote exits almost directly into the chicane so the priority is to keeo all that entry speed for as long as possible – brake late and hard, turn in and perhaps brake again, touch the second apex, a quick squirt then slow down for the chicane. Right then left, not much space on the exit and marked out by tyre walls so technique wins over bravado.
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