Chandhok's date with history at Goodwood

Chandhok's date with history at Goodwood
Darshan Chokhani
By: Darshan Chokhani
Sep 14, 2015, 8:46 AM

Karun Chandhok, after 2013, was back to racing at Goodwood Revival last weekend driving the Swiftune Mini in St Mary's Trophy race on Saturday.

Karun Chandhok
Karun Chandhok
Frank Stippler, Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA 1965
Karun Chandhok
Karun Chandhok
St Mary's Trophy Winners: Tom Kristensen, second place Frank Stippler and third place Gordon Shedden
Pitlane atmosphere
Sir Jackie Stewart taking part in the Tribute to Bruce McLaren
Christian Horner and Geri Halliwell
Karun Chandhok
Stirling Moss

Goodwood Revival, a three-day event at the Goodwood circuit oozes with history as thousands of visitors visit the event, sporting vintage clothing, witnessing different categories of racing involving historic cars.

This year, the 18th edition of the event, saw world of sporting great competing in various races to celebrate the rich history of cars and motorsport.

Chandhok, a regular at Goodwood Festival of Speed, made his second visit to Revival after making his debut in 2013 driving the 1961 Jaguar E-type.

He competed in the prestigious St Mary's Trophy race driving the Swiftune Mini Cooper S 1963. "I really enjoyed my first time racing a Mini," said an elated Chandhok to

"I have hardly any experience of a front wheel drive car on track so it took me a little while to get my head around it but by the time the race started I got in the grove.

"In the end, the Cortina's and Alfa GTA was a bit too quick for the little Mini's at Goodwood but I was glad to finish first out of our Mini class," the Indian added after finishing as the best Mini (12th overall) during Saturday's race.

"I had a great dice with my friend Jason Plato who was in another Swiftune Mini all through the race which was a lot of fun."

On Sunday, it was Nick Swift's turn to race, finishing as the best Mini while sixth overall. Chandhok lauded Nick and his team at Swiftune who, according to the Indian driver, build the best Mini's in the business and stated that it was a pleasure to drive one of their cars. 

Incredible weekend

Chandhok also had praises for Lord March and his team, who put together such an incredible weekend of motorsport.

"I love going there to spend time with friends, colleagues past and present as well as heroes of mine from the sport," the Indian said.

"Where else can you chat with Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Ross Brawn, Scott Dixon, Christian Horner, Kevin Schwantz, Freddie Spencer, Dario Franchitti and Tom Kristensen all in a single morning?

"Driving historic cars is something that I've really started enjoying. They're totally different to the modern cars but there's a purity about them and the way you have to drive them," he added.

"The racing is tough, but you have to be respectful of the cars and the people who own them which requires a different mindset. Great fun, though," Chandhok concluded.

Tom Kristensen won the St Mary's Trophy Saturday's race driving the Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt while teammate Henry Mann took the winning honours in Sunday's race.

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