Perhaps it didn't mean much to a young man with his focus firmly set on reaching the Formula 1 grid. Not at the time at least.
Yet 15 years on, Nick Heidfeld is proud of a performance that gave him - for the moment at least - a little place in motorsport folklore, even if it did only take him 41.60 seconds.
Heidfeld, then on the way to clinching his Formula 3000 crown, has fond memories of the day he set the outright course record on the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed in 1999. He couldn't really forget it.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.