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Festival of Speed 2014: Jenson Button and Chris Hoy on the track

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IT has been another exciting day of motoring highlights at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has been on the track in the 2011 Mclaren.

Jann Mardenborough set the fastest time in the Michelin Supercar Shootout, completing a lap in 49.27 in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

“I was pushing really hard,” said the 2011 Nissan GT Academy winner after his lap.

“It was good fun and a big rush because that wall comes up really fast.”

The shootout also saw Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy crash through five hay bales when he came off at Moulecombe corner.

However, the former cyclist appeared unscathed, standing up to take a bow for the crowds immediately afterwards.

GP3 driver Alexander Simms was set to test out the BMW i8 straight after the crash.

“Unfortunately, things haven’t gone well for Chris but it is a tough track out there,” he said.

Talking about the shootout, he said: “It is a very unique experience up here, it is very different to the race tracks I am used to.

“It all happens in 50 seconds.”

The Moulecombe had already claimed its first victim earlier in the day when Max Smith-Hilliard left the track and crashed into the hay bales.

However, he had already dropped his speed and was quickly out of the car and walking around.

This morning also saw Lord March on the track in a 1954 Mercedes W196 Streamliner.

“I dreamt about this car as a boy,” he said.

“To find myself in it now is a pretty extraordinary thing.”

 

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