Epic Mini Cooper Race To Feature Star-Studded Grid At Goodwood Revival

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The starting grid boasts a collective 21 Le Mans titles.

It's been a welcome return to the motor shows we love this year after the pandemic forced many of them to be canceled in 2020. Currently, the Munich auto show serves as a showcase of the future models and outrageous technologies that could one day find their way into our cars. The nostalgic Goodwood Revival is different, though, honoring motor racing from decades gone by with a slew of classic cars. Now, we have even more to look forward to at this year's event. A Mini Cooper race has been announced and the competitor list is quite literally the stuff of legends.

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This illustrious grid will compete for the John Whitmore Trophy presented by Sure. The starting grid includes rock legend Brian Johnson from AC/DC, 11-time World Champion and six-time Olympic victor Sir Chris Hoy, and Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer and Emanuele Pirro. That's not all, though. These drivers will be joined by former Formula 1 drivers Brendon Hartley and Jochen Mass, along with Jean-Eric Vergne, the only multiple Formula E Champion in the history of the competition. Rounding out the epic grid are F1 drivers-turned-broadcasters including Karun Chandhok, Tiff Needell, and Martin Brundle.

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These drivers collectively own 21 titles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with nine individual winners, along with three 24 Hours of Le Mans class winners with a total of seven wins. They also own no less than seven World Endurance titles, four World Touring Car titles, and five British GT titles. The race will also celebrate 60 years of the Mini Cooper, with 30 classic Minis partaking in a two-driver, 45-minute race. The 2021 Goodwood Revival will take place from September 17-19, with the Mini Cooper race being held on Saturday morning. Seeing these legendary drivers compete behind the wheel of a legendary car is sure to be a treat.


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