Star-studded field for the landmark 2018 Goodwood Revival

A star-studded line-up for 15 races at this weekend's Goodwood Revival race meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the return of racing to the Sussex circuit

Star-studded field for the landmark 2018 Goodwood Revival

The circuit on the former RAF airfield opened for racing in September 1948 and hosted major race meetings through until the summer of '66 when the then-Duke of Richmond decided that the current cars were becoming too fast for the circuit.

On 18 September 1998, 50 years to the day after the circuit opened, motor racing returned to Goodwood with the first Revival meeting.

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While period authenticity and spectacular sideshows help make this the most desirable event of the genre, the racing will be supremely competitive as drivers from both modern and historic racing bid to claim a Goodwood victory.

Opening the race programme will be Friday evening's Kinrara Trophy, for pre-1963 GT cars, which is thought to feature the most valuable grid in historic racing with a total value of nearly £200 million.

The entry for the hour-long race is topped by the multi-million pound Ferrari 250GTO of Carlos Monteverde, which will be raced by Gary Pearson and Andrew Smith.

Alongside the 250 GTO and the larger-engined 330GTO of Lukas Huni will be an amazing field of 10 Ferrari 250 GT SWBs. Up against the dozen Ferraris in the 30-car field will be Jaguar E-types, Aston Martin DB4s and AC Cobras, including one for outright circuit lap record-holder Nick Padmore.

In the year that marks the 60th anniversary of the British Touring Car Championship, six BTCC champions, with 11 titles between them, will be racing this weekend.

Current champion Ash Sutton will make his Revival debut in a Lotus Cortina, going head-to-head with 2013 champion and Goodwood regular Andrew Jordan.

Sutton will race the car of Peter Chambers, running alongside Jordan in the pair of immaculate cars from the Jordan Racing Team.

Three-time BTCC champion Matt Neal will race Nick Whale's Studebaker Lark Daytona in the St Mary's Trophy, while three-time champion Gordon Shedden will race on British soil for the first time since graduating to the World Touring Car Cup. Touring car aces Rob Huff and Andy Priaulx will also be racing.

Jason Plato will contest the TT in a Chevrolet Corvette and 1994 BTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini completes the sextet of champions, sharing the Mini Cooper S of Nick Riley in the St Mary's race.

Other stars in action over the weekend include three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer (Alfa Romeo GTA), Ex-Formula 1 aces Jochen Mass (Mercedes 300SL Gullwing) and Emanuele Pirro (Lotus Cortina) and rallying legend Stig Blomqvist (Mini Cooper).

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