3 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 road car laptimes

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As usual this time of year, we have the Goodwood Festival of Speed which always produces intriguing lap times for road cars and various types of historic and contemporary race cars.

This year the timed road car challenge wasn't as well subscribed from car manufacturers as last year, but, nonetheless, we got some interesting results for recently unveiled supercars like Ford GT and Lamborghini Aventador S.

Small Brittish manufacturer BAC won the road-legal challenge with a sub 50 second time for BAC Mono, beating Radical RXC Turbo which is a more powerful and far more aerodynamically advanced track-day car.

Good old Nissan GT-R Nismo beat both Ford GT and Aventador S, as well as it's main "ideological competitor" Porsche 911 Turbo S. Best performer in the "reasonable road car" class was Audi R8 V10 Plus, mainly thaks to it's driver Chris Ward who is no stranger to driving fast up the Goodwood hill.

Race car class was won by Justin Law in a beautiful V12 Group C Jaguar XJR12D, while Jeremy Smith in best qualifying Penske-Chevrolet Indie car botched the final run with excessive wheelspin in first sector.

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5m ago by FastestLaps
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Fastedee  5m ago

Shows the importance of a skilled driver. R8 is barely quicker than a DB11 at Willow but beats much faster lapping cars here.

 

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saxy  5m ago

more like... tires are so important as well. The R8 on normal road sports tires handles like a dog. It on Trofeo Rs make it a hero, case just like Laguna Seca.


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FastestLaps  5m ago

Agree. Chris Ward was REALLY going for it. Not lifting gas unnecessarily for a second, late braking and revving to the max (and into limiter at times). Almost shaved off the left mirror against the "flint wall".