Three strong showings in previous Goodwood Festival of Speed rally shootouts netted David Wright an invite for last weekend’s (June 26-28) event, an honour he repaid by beating some of the fastest drivers in British rallying to win the prestigious competition outright in his Kumho-shod Ford Focus WRC.
Wright was on the pace from the very start of the three-day event, setting fastest time of all on the Friday in his Martini-liveried ex-Carlos Sainz Focus. Such top class opposition as Citroen WRC driver Kris Meeke would have over-awed lesser competitors but, though Meeke was quicker on Saturday and Sunday, Wright nevertheless won on aggregate.
“It was brilliant to get the win,” said a suitably delighted Wright. “The format felt a bit like F1 qualifying – you had to go flat out, but one little mistake would drop you right down the leaderboard. The course was quite narrow and very twisty, with trees and banks right at the side of the track, waiting to punish any errors.
“Thanks to Lord March for inviting us to rally in his garden; the International Rally Drivers Club and Southern Car Club for running the stage; Giles Philips Motorsport for the car; and Grove Hill Garage and Kumho Tyres for their support.”
Responded Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson: “The rally shootout is a mighty tough competition at one of the world’s greatest motorsport events, and we couldn’t be more delighted to see David using our tyres to gain such a memorable victory.”
Wright’s next outing in the triumphant Focus will be on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally on July 11.