It was quite sad to not see Audi out there on the tarmac at the most recent 24 Hours of Le Mans this past Sunday, where it was previously so good. However, if you’re still itching to see some proper Audi Sport Le Mans cars, check out this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. At the famous and storied event, Audi Tradition will be showing off three winning Le Mans cars. If you can make it to Goodwood, you’re in for a real treat.
At the event, famous Audi driver Tom Kristensen will be driving the original Audi R8 LMP, from the year 2000, which he won his first Le Mans victory in. Should be a special moment for both Kristensen and fans of the brand. Audi Tradition will also be showing off the 2008 Audi R10 and 2013 Audi R18 Le Mans cars, both of which were highly successful and Le Mans winning cars.
But Kristensen won’t be the only Audi racing legend on hand in Goodwood. Hannu Mikkola, also known as the “Flying Finn” will be there to honor the brand’s storied rally tradition. Mikkola won the famous Group B rally championship in 1983 at the wheel of the iconic Audi Rallye Quattro. This marked the first rally win for Audi and launched the Quattro into history. Mikkola will be piloting the original rally car through Goodwood, allowing fans to finally see it again. Some current models will also be in attendance, such as the Audi RS5 DTM and Audi R8 LMS.
It will be cool to see Audi’s former racing cars at Goodwood. Not only will it break things up a bit, from the typical Rolls Royces and Jaguars, while also allowing fans to see cars that simply won’t exist anymore. Now that Audi has pulled out of Le Mans, these are the last ever race cars from Audi to race the iconic event. The Goodwood Festival of Speed will run from June 29 through July 2. So stay tuned for some Audi goodness.