As part of Skoda Motorsport's 110th anniversary celebrations in 2011, Skoda UK has announced that it will be an official partner to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, and will have its largest ever presence at the event.
To celebrate past and present rally successes across the globe, Skoda is working closely with the Goodwood Estate to develop the spectacular chalk loose-surfaced rally stage, which is an increasing popular element of the Festival.
In 2011 the rally stage will be official entitled the 'Goodwood Forest Rally Stage presented by Skoda' – with better spectator facilities planned for the rally paddock and special stage viewing, easier access to the top of the hill and improved opportunities to see the cars and drivers.
Skoda UK Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen will be at the Festival during all three days of action, driving the team's 2011 spec Fabia S2000 on the hill and on the rally stage, while the Czech manufacturer also plans to have some historically significant rally cars from across the decades in attendance too.
Skoda is also planning to run a number of rarely seen racing cars up the hill during the Festival – including its 1958 Skoda 1100 OHC Spider, which has only been seen as a static display in recent years – and the manufacturer will also have a display of road cars on show in the manufacturers' arena.
“With such a passion for cars, a rich motorsport heritage and a desire to innovate and entertain, a partnership between Skoda and the Goodwood Festival of Speed was a very natural step for both parties,” Skoda UK director Robert Hazlewood said. “The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be a major event for Skoda in 2011 and we are looking forward to celebrating our 110th motorsport anniversary with the tens of thousands of motorsport fans who will be at Goodwood this summer.”