John Whitmore Trophy at Goodwood Revival 2021 – Epic Mini Cooper Race

With just over a week to go until the Goodwood Revival returns (September, Friday 17 – Sunday 19), Goodwood is excited to announce that they have assembled one of our most illustrious ever grids for the John Whitmore Trophy presented by Sure, due to take place on the Saturday morning of the event.

Six-time Olympic and 11-time World Champion Sir Chris Hoy and rock legend Brian Johnson of AC/DC fame will line up alongside the likes of Le Mans 24hr winners Emanuele Pirro and André Lotterer; former Formula 1 drivers Jochen Mass and Brendon Hartley; the only multiple Formula E Champion in the series’ history, Jean-Eric Vergne; as well as F1 drivers-turned-broadcasters Martin Brundle, Karun Chandhok and Tiff Needell, with the former going head to head with his son Alex, himself a European Le Mans Series Champion.

Indeed, between them the starting grid for the John Whitmore Trophy presented by Sure can boast:

  • 9 Le Mans 24hr winners with a total of 21 titles
  • 3 Le Mans 24hr class winners with a total of 7 wins
  • 6 World Endurance Champions with a total of 7 titles
  • 2 British GT Champions with a total of 5 titles
  • 2 World Touring Car Champions with a total of 4 titles
  • Formula E, W Series, BTCC drivers and 4 former F1 drivers
Mighty Minis at Goodwood John Whitmore Trophy photo by Jayson Fong 2
Mighty Minis at Goodwood, John Whitmore Trophy
photo by Jayson Fong

Named after Sir John Whitmore, who won the British Saloon Car Championship in a Mini in 1961, his first year in competition, the one-off race will celebrate 60 years of the Mini Cooper, pitting 30 of the iconic saloons against each other in a two-driver, 45-minute race. Following the success of the all-Mini St Mary’s Trophy in 2009 (see video below) and the Betty Richmond Trophy at the 77th Members’ Meeting in 2019 (see video above), this is without a doubt set to be one of the most closely contested and exciting races of the Revival weekend.

Sir Chris Hoy will take to the track again on the Sunday of Revival, leading hundreds of cyclists in a special inaugural ride to celebrate Eroica Britannia’s new home at Goodwood, ahead of the iconic vintage cycling festival’s return to the Goodwood Motor Circuit next year.

Mighty Minis at Goodwood John Whitmore Trophy photo by Jayson Fong
Mighty Minis at Goodwood for the John Whitmore Trophy
photo by Jayson Fong

Confirmed Participants for the Mighty Mini Race include*:

Jonny Adam | David Brabham | Alex Brundle | Martin Brundle | Alex Buncombe | Karun Chandhok | Romain Dumas | Abbie Eaton | Marcel Fassler | Stuart Graham | Brendon Hartley | Sir Chris Hoy | Rob Huff | Mat Jackson | Neel Jani | Brian Johnson | Andrew Jordan | Mike Jordan | André Lotterer | Jochen Mass | Dickie Meadon | Matt Neal | Tiff Needell | Emanuele Pirro | Andy Priaulx | Anthony Reid | Jeff Smith | Steve Soper | Benoit Treluyer | Darren Turner | Jean-Eric Vergne | Patrick Watts

*Please note that this is subject to change

Note: Press release courtesy of Goodwood.