Coronel and Lotterer to Goodwood
The combination of 46-year-old World Touring Car Cup ace Tom Coronel and teenager Oliver Hart in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA could prove a thorn in the side of the Ford Lotus Cortina teams in the St Mary’s Trophy Pre-1966 saloon car races at this weekend’s 20th anniversary Goodwood Revival meeting.
Coronel, who is hotfoot from an opportunist victory over Andy Wolfe at Zandvoort’s Historic GP event last weekend, finished second in 2012’s Shelby Cup and fourth in ’13’s wet Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, both times sharing David Hart’s Cobra.
Hart’s son Oliver was sensational in the DHG equipe’s Cobra last September, leading the blue-riband GT event before a head gasket failed, a performance for which he was named Driver of the Weekend. Not one to respect reputations, Hart Jr has yet to race the Alexander Furiani-built Alfa but that will not deter him.
Coronel is just one of a number of star names in an entry that is packed with quality. Other international racers include three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer, who will make his
Revival race debut in another GTA, while sportscar ace Nicolas Minassian and 1984 World Rally champion Stig Blomqvist will both race Minis.
Ex-formula 1 racer Jochen Mass will be in another GTA while four-time
Pikes Peak Hillclimb victor Romain Dumas will race a Ford Galaxie.
Wolfe/rob Huff, Andy and Mike Jordan, Steve Soper/andy Priaulx and Ambrogio Perfetti/emanuele Pirro head the Cortina squadron, which also includes reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton, Mark Blundell and Jackie Oliver in separate cars.
Multiple BTCC champions Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden are each saddling American V8 monsters, as will Shedden’s 2016 runner-up Sam Tordoff.
Coronel will be fresh from his Alfa victory at Zandvoort