Fancy a Group 4 Lancia Stratos in your Thursday? How about World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans in a Toyota GR Yaris? Stig Blomqvist in a Ford Escort RS Cosworth? Or Rhys Yates cool dual-livery Fiesta Rally2 MkII? Goodwood’s the place to be.
Obviously, we’re not talking about a trip to West Sussex, we’re talking about SpeedWeek – the Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s virtual bash which combines the best of a canceled Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival. And it all starts today. Plus all the action is available on a live stream from goodwood.com.
The rally section of SpeedWeek runs through Thursday and Friday and includes seven stages utilizing all aspects of the Goodwood circuit – even including some gravel.
And the last five decades of world rallying are well represented, from the seventies Stratos through Group B and the cars which changed the sport forever: Audi’s quattro, the Ford RS200, Metro 6R4, Lancia Delta S4 and a Peugeot 205 T16 E2.
The 1990s are when Group A moved through the gears with greats like Subaru’s Legacys and Imprezas, the Delta Integrale, Stig’s Escort Cosworth and a Focus RS WRC.
Bringing the story right up to date are a trio of quality Rally2 cars from Ford, Volkswagen and Proton.
And, of course, Evans in a Yaris. Granted, it’s not the one we all wanted to see, but it is the much-talked-about homologation special – and it will also be driven by Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala.
But Yates’ Fiesta is one that’s going to grab the most eyeballs – and potentially cause the most confusion.
“We wanted to do something different with the livery for Goodwood,” WRC3 driver Yates told DirtFish. “As well as the rally, we’re staying on for the gymkhana-style event over the weekend, so we needed a livery that reflected both of those elements. We couldn’t decide which way to go, so we decided to do both!”