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Historics: Formula 1 test driver Van der Garde at Goodwood Revival

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Chichester, England's Goodwood Estate announced Thursday, May 15, via press release that Formula 1 team Sauber test driver Giedo van der Garde will make his Goodwood Revival debut in 2014.

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The 29-year-old Dutchman will share an AC Cobra with regular Revival front-runner David Hart in the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration Race for closed-cockpit cars of 1960-64 vintage. Van der Garde has been testing with the Sauber F1 Team at Barcelona this week. Sauber's race seats for this season are filled by Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil.

Van der Garde won races in Formula 3 and GP2 and clinched the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2008. Following a number of days of testing with Caterham in 2011, he secured a Formula 1 race seat with the team last year and for 2014 moved into a test and reserve role with Sauber.

While this year will mark Van der Garde’s first time racing at the Revival, he has participated at Goodwood before by driving Caterham F1 machinery at the Festival of Speed in both 2012 and 2013.

About his upcoming appearance at the Revival, Van der Garde commented: "I’ve heard so much about the Goodwood Revival from friends and fellow racing drivers, but never been able to make it myself. So to have the opportunity not only to come to such a world-renowned event, but also to race an iconic sportscar – the AC Cobra – with a good friend of mine, was too good an opportunity to miss. You can’t slide a modern Formula 1 car and still be fast, but the Cobra was made to go sideways, so I’m really looking forward to it."

Hart, who owns the Cobra, returns to Goodwood in the Tourist Trophy, one of a number of contests at the Revival in which driver changes are made mid-race. He is looking to improve on his fourth-placed finish of 2013, when he was co-driven by World Touring Car race-winner Tom Coronel.

In the Whitsun Trophy for sports racing prototypes of 1961-66, the experienced historic racer will drive a Lola T70 Spyder as he seeks to improve on the sixth spot he and Hans Hugenholtz achieved in last year’s race, held exclusively for Ford GT40s.

The Goodwood Revival is slated to take place at the Goodwood Circuit on the estate grounds September 12-14.

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