British Touring Car Champions, Andy Rouse and John Fitzpatrick, have confirmed their attendance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26-29, according to a press release issued by the estate on Friday, May 2.
According to Goodwood, "Rouse embodies the Festival of Speed’s 2014 theme: ‘Addicted to Winning’. His four BTCC crowns, achieved between 1975 and 1985, has never been equalled."
Rouse will be reunited with the ICS-liveried Rover SD1 – now owned by established historic racer Nigel Garrett - in which he won the third of his BTCC titles. He will drive it up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile Hillclimb during the weekend. Rouse has never been in the car since his win in 1984.
John Fitzpatrick, who remains the youngest driver to have won the BTCC title following his 1966 crown at the age of 23 in a Ford Anglia, focused on high-powered sportscar and GT racing in the 1970s and won the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, in BMW and Porsche machinery, respectively.
Fitzpatrick added nine race wins in the World Sportscar Championship, a pair of Porsche Cups and, with Bob Morris, also won Australia’s most prestigious touring car race, the Bathurst 1000, in 1976. He will tackle the Goodwood Hillclimb in a Mauro Borella-owned, Miller-liveried Porsche 935 ‘JLP-4’ that was taken to several victories in the US-based IMSA series by John Paul Jr. He plans to raise awareness and money for Paul’s foundation, John Paul Jr vs Huntingdon’s Disease.
Rouse and Fitzpatrick join a growing line-up of current legendary drivers and riders and legends of motor sport on two wheels and four. Among those already confirmed for the Festival of Speed are ex-Formula 1 world champions Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees; NASCAR ‘king’ Richard Petty; rallying’s most successful driver, Sebastien Loeb; and grand prix motorcycle champions Giacomo Agostini and Freddie Spencer.
Goodwood's popular Festival of Speed takes place at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, England June 26-29. Tickets are available.