DGMSPORT were delighted to be offered an entry for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015, the event which took place over the weekend of 25th-28th June has become a highlight of the motorsport calendar in recent years attracting a International crowd of Drivers and Spectators . Piloting a Citroen DS3 R5 was Jonny Greer, making his second appearance at the show. With the Citroen WRC team represented by Kris Meeke in the adjoining stand there was an Irish feel to this small corner of the show.
The Forest rally stage while short in distance has an interesting mix of twisting bends and high speeds, with Thursday dedicated to site setup and a few practice runs it was a relaxed day for the team. MD David Greer even rolled back the years and proved there is no age limit to stepping into the modern R5 cars having a couple of runs during the days free practice.
Friday the gates opened to spectators and the atmosphere around the festival cracked up a notch. A new element to the event was the introduction of timed runs in 2014 which made a return again this year. Crews would battle out each morning with the best time out 2 runs being counted and the overall winner from each day receiving a prize put forward by the organisers. Jonny performed superbly setting fastest time of all on his first run against many higher powered machines, unfortunately he was knocked from the top spot in run 2 and settled for 2nd place and top R5. Being an event that prides itself on the closeness that spectators can get to the action the rest of the day was spent doing passenger runs.
Saturday followed the same format as Friday with timed stages in the morning, unfortunately luck was not to be on the teams side. A characteristic of rallying is that the stage and conditions are always changing this is never more true than in a short stage with multiple use, on the first run of the day Jonny clipped a rock that had been dislodged by a previous competitor with no noticeable damage to the car was able to complete the run, upon further inspection back in service it became apparent that the impact had damaged the power steering and would sideline the team for the rest of the weekend.
Sunday then became a day to spectate for the team and wander around vast show, with celebrity drivers from the worlds of F1, Moto GP, Nascar and many other diciplines along with all the major car manufacturers present it was another enjoyable day. Roll on 2016!