The Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, a highlight of the motorsport calendar will return in 2021 after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. While the pandemic remains a problem it has been confirmed that the Festival of Speed will form part of the UK government’s ERP, Event Research Programme pilot events which will take place with fans from July 8-11.
The event is sold out across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The capacities agreed with the ERP will mean that all 2021 Festival of Speed ticket, hospitality and grandstand pass holders will be able to attend as planned, including those with tickets rolled over from 2020. A limited number of Thursday tickets are still available to purchase.
As a pilot, all people on site will need to agree to the conditions of entry set out by the Events Research Programme in order to enjoy the event safely. This will include either having had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the event, or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test, which can be taken at home or at a recognised centre free of charge, within 48 hours of the event.
The event will be as exciting and entertaining as ever, as we honour ‘The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders’, celebrating the drivers, teams and manufacturers who have enjoyed success across a variety of motorsport disciplines.
Much-loved elements of the Festival of Speed will include appearances from current F1 teams and drivers, road car debuts, the awe-inspiring Future Lab presented by bp, a new interactive Central Feature celebrating Lotus, Goodwood Action Sports (GAS), and of course, the action-packed Shootout which will come to a climax on Sunday.
Motorsport legend and owner of the NTT IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Team Penske Roger Penske will attend the Festival of Speed.
Speaking about the announcement, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said:
“We are continuing to expand the Events Research Programme’s remit to include more of our iconic cultural and sporting events and the Goodwood Festival of Speed will now return for the first time since the pandemic broke.
“Festival-goers will now be able to enjoy the raw horsepower of Goodwood’s legendary automotive, aeronautical and equine offerings up close thanks to our tremendous vaccine rollout and the increasingly popular use of the NHS App to prove your Covid status.”