The Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival 2015 was held Sunday, September 13th at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.
The Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy Celebration, for closed-cockpit GT cars in the spirit of the RAC TT races of 1960-1964, is annually the most celebrated race at the Goodwood Revival. The one-hour, two-driver RAC TT Celebration 2015 featured a spectacular grid of super-rare GT cars racing in anger, driven by great pilots past and present, such as Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kristensen. The grid once again offered a spectacular selection of historic racing cars, including the Ferrari 250 GTO/64, 330 GTO; 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’ and 250 LM; Aston Martin DB4GT and Project cars; Jaguar E-Type; AC Cobra and Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe; among others.
JD Classics took its third victory of the Goodwood Revival 2015 when its 1963 Jaguar E-Type held off a hoard of AC Cobras to dominate the RAC TT Celebration race for early 1960s GT cars. Chris Ward out-braked early leader Andrew Smith’s 1964 AC Cobra on the second lap and then pulled away to hand over a healthy lead to co-driver Gordon Shedden as soon as the pit window opened.
Smith also shot into the pits before they became crowded, handing over the Cobra to Oliver Bryant. The wisdom of this move could be seen in the way in which the two cars kept well ahead of the rest of the field, Shedden maintaining a consistent lead of around 15 seconds for the remainder of the race.
Third place was a battle of the Cobras with the Michael Squire/Frank Stippler car eventually getting the better of that of Joe Twyman and James Cottingham. Another of the weekend’s stars, Tom Kristensen, moved up to fifth at the last-minute when he squeezed the Lister-Jaguar Coupe that he shared with Frederic Wakeman past yet another of the Cobras, that of Ludovic Caron and Anthony Reid.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2015 Goodwood Revival, with Senior Photographer Tim Scott producing the following stunning images from the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration race. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
Goodwood Revival 2015 – RAC Tourist Trophy Featured Photo Gallery
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