• Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 Day 4 Report

    Honda has added to its Goodwood site a report of its activities for Day 4 at the greatest celebration of car culture and motorsport, the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019.


Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 Day 4 Report

8 July 2019

If you've enjoyed Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, you'll be delighted with what the event has in store for you as things come to a thrilling climax on the Sunday. 

Previous days have featured a wide and varied array of displays, exhibitions and more, but the real focus of Sunday is racing and record breakers. It's time for motorsport to truly take center stage at Goodwood, with a full hill climb program that includes the timed shootout, thrilling off-road action at the arena, the Forest Rally Stage, heroes of motorsport past and present to meet and see in action, and plenty more. If you're only able to attend one day at Goodwood, try and make it Sunday.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Needless to say, the whole Festival of Speed weekend is packed with legends, but few are more worthy of the name than a very special guest coming in from Japan for the event, the 1998 McLaren Honda MP4/4 Formula 1 car, that was driven back in the day by none other than Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

We can't wait to see the car out on track, but in the meantime you can explore it in more detail for youself with this 3D interactive visual.

The motor industry loves an anniversary, and here at Honda, we're no different. This year it’s a pretty big one and one that's entirely appropriate to the festival of Speed. This year sees Honda celebrating an incredible 60 years of extraordinary success competing at the Isle of Man TT races.

Plenty of different bikes will be on show at the Festival to tell the story of Honda’s two-wheeled racing heritage, from the very first TT entrant from back in 1959 to the present day MotoGP machines such as the RC213V Marc Marquez rode World Championship victory last year. 

Legendary Honda champions of past and present will pilot a selection of genuinely priceless motorcycles up the famous hill here at Goodwood. These legends of motorcycle racing include such giants of the track as 1999 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan, and double MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, who in 2011 rode a Repsol Honda to victory.

Plenty of renowned TT riders will be in attendance too, including 16-time Honda winner John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Manxman Conor Cummins.

Ian Hutchinson, still the only rider to rack up five TT wins in a single week, will be riding his 2010 Senior TT-winning Padgetts Racing CBR1000RR, while Conor Cummins will be hitting the hill onboard the latest Padgetts Superbike. Holders of the TT sidecar lap record and winners of the 2019 Sidecar race, the Birchall brothers, return to the Festival of Speed this year with their Honda-powered LCR sidecar set-up to show what it can do.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Formula 1 drivers are always a big draw at Goodwood, and Honda's special guest is one of the upcoming stars of the current F1 scene, Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver, Alexander Albon. Alex is normally powered by a Honda hybrid engine in his day job, but this time he will be going all-electric as the driver behind the wheel of the Honda e Prototype for its appearance in Sunday's hill climb. 

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

The 23-year-old Thai national from London began his racing career in karts, with wins in the Honda National Championship Cadet Class in 2006, the KF3 Class in 2009, and the 2010 European Championship in the KF3 Class. 

Alex moved through Formula Renault 2.0, European Formula 3 and GP3 Series before graduating to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017 and Formula E in 2018. This year Alex made his debut for Toro Rosso in the Australian Grand Prix as the first Thai driver ever in F1, and it only took until the second race of the season in Bahrain for Albon to secure his first points with a creditable ninth-place finish.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon takes the Honda e Prototype up Goodwood Hill