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Old 07-30-2011, 10:32 PM
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Rally Car vs. F1

2011 Goodwood Hillclimb Fastest Times

Toyota Celica GT4 _ 48.01

F1 Lotus 88-Cosworth _ 48.52

FIA GT Maserati MC12 _ 49.09

Rally driver Jonny Milner is celebrating after winning the title for the fastest car at Goodwood’s historic hill climb.

Milner had invested heavily in improving the performance of his nitrous-fed 850 BHP Rotrex supercharged Toyota Celica GT4 in a bid to claim the prize and was delighted to achieve his aim of being the fastest car up the hill in a time of 48.01 seconds.

An elated Milner said; “This is a fitting tribute to Toyota, who produced the first Celica 40 years ago. The GT4 is over 400kg heavier than the million-dollar F1 cars that we were competing against, but with our modifications, including the six speed sequential MaKTraK gearbox and Michelin’s 24/64-17 RC001 rallycross tires that enabled me to transfer all those horsepower to the ground, right from the start line, we were able to outperform GT1 champion Michael Bartels in his Maserati MC12 and Gary Ward in his Indy 500 winning Penske.”

Milner continued; “The car caused quite a stir in the paddock with its new ‘LFA Nürburgring Orange’ livery and aero package and I was delighted when the performance lived up to its good looks! To win the prestigious Tag Heuer award for the fastest car on the hillclimb was just the perfect result to round off a perfect weekend.”

Commenting on the victory, Michelin's Head of Marketing UK and ROI, Jianni Geras said; “Following our recent victories at both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Nürburgring endurance races it shows that our tires can cut it on sprint races, too. Proof that Michelin tires offer winning levels of performance in all types of motorsport - using technology that transfers to the road in tires like our recently introduced Pilot Super Sport high performance car tire range.”

Among many 2011 Festival highlights was Sunday’s thrilling Top Ten timed shoot-out finale against the clock, with Dan Collins bringing this year’s event to a stirring conclusion with an epic performance in his Lotus 88B.

The weekend-long battle between GT star Michael Bartels’ Maserati MC12 and double British Rally Champion Jonny Milner’s Toyota Celica hillclimber failed to take into consideration Collins’ determination aboard his Lotus 88B ‘twin chassis’ F1 car. This radical machine practiced but never competed in a Grand Prix in period, but Collins exploited the car perfectly to cut the timing beam at just 48.52 seconds.

Bartels was next to run in the Italian supercar but he could manage ‘only’ 49.09s.






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