Aston Clinton’s Mark Webber was just one of many motorsport stars and celebrities visiting the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend when the annual motoring extravaganza took place at Goodwood House in West Sussex.
Fresh from finishing second in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, Webber was present at the Festival of Speed alongside his Porsche team-mate, Brendon Hartley, to represent the Porsche marque.
The Le Mans-winning 919-Hybrid car was demonstrated by Hartley on the famed Goodwood Hillclimb, and Webber said: “The Festival of Speed is one of the great summer social events for all motorsport enthusiasts.
“This year, I believe, the crowds were larger than ever and I love the fact that visitors are able to get so close to the cars. This is really unique and has to be seen to be believed.”
The Festival of Speed regularly attracts many of the sport’s leading stars, and 2015 was no different.
Making his debut at the event was multiple Moto GP world champion, Valentino Rossi, who rode his Yamaha Moto GP machine as well as driving a variety of cars up the Goodwood Hill. Also appearing were F1 racers Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Marc Gene.
Webber said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed helped kick off a great ten days of motorsport here in the UK.
“With the British Grand Prix taking place at Silverstone this weekend, everyone who loves motor racing has had something to enjoy and look forward to.”
A twice winner of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone (2010 and 2012), Webber added: “The British Grand Prix is another of the great British sporting spectacles.
“This year I think we will see a great race and I am sure the Silverstone crowds will witness another titanic Grand Prix at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’.
“It is difficult to pick a winner, but I think the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari will be an exciting one to watch.”