Jari-Matti Latvala experienced his first taste of the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England at the weekend.
The Volkswagen driver piloted a Polo R WRC up the famous hillclimb on Saturday and Sunday before departing to begin preparations for this week’s PZM 73rd Rally Poland.
The contrast could not be greater. Goodwood’s smooth asphalt provided a very different challenge to the sandy but lightning fast gravel tracks the Finn will encounter later this week at round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship.
“Goodwood is unique,” said Latvala. “The spectators are close and the atmosphere is always magnificent. It is fantastic to see so many famous racing cars and production cars from various eras on one weekend. It brings you joy as a racer. I would love to return.”
Also in action were a selection of glorious supercars from the Group B era in the 1980s. Cars including an MG Metro 6R4, a Lancia Delta S4, Ford RS200 and an Audi Quattro S1 were driven through a forest special stage near the top of the hillclimb.