The Finn was at the British motor sport event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, demonstrating his Citroen DS3 World Rally Car on the Goodwood Forest stage, and the famous tarmac hill climb.
“I haven’t been to the Festival for five years, so it was great to be back,” Hirvonen told wrc.com. “The rally stage was good fun to drive, very narrow and technical, and great for the spectators who could see a lot and get a taste of the performance of a WRC car.”
“I did about 20 runs of the forest stage and three runs up the main hill. For me, the hill was probably the best part because I was in the start queue with an assortment of dragsters, NASCARs and some big old historic circuit racing cars.
“Okay, it’s great to just see stuff like that, but the sound of the big V8 engines when they were leaving the line was amazing. I don’t think there’s another event like it anywhere. It was a really nice festival - one of my favourites.”
Also representing the modern day WRC were Volkswagen, who brought their Polo R and a driver line-up featuring double World Champion Carlos Sainz and test and development driver Dieter Depping.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, the board member for technical development at Audi AG, also took the wheel of the Polo R for one of the hill climb sessions.