What If Your Co-Driver Is a Nine-Time Le Mans Champion?

And what if your car is from 1961, and it's raining outside?

Goodwood Road & Racing

Gregor Fisken , so if you're looking for a pre-war Alfa Romeo, a mint Porsche Carrera GT, an F1 car from the seventies or anything in between, he might be the guy to call. His job also allows him to enter the gates of Goodwood in style, driving a very early 1961 Jaguar E-Type that's more original than most Jaguars in the paddock.

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As it was delivered to America in 1962, Fisken's race car wears the American racing colors made famous by Cunningham. Being an early E-Type also means that it's based on an all-steel monocoque instead of an aluminum one, featuring a steel block with narrow angle cylinder heads, cast iron manifolds and a trio of SU carburetors. The power goes through a stock 4-speed manual, downforce and ventilation is provided by the slightly open boot lid, while a few body panels are lighter than those in a road-going E-Type. Inside, a more accurate rev counter and some black paint on the dash represent the only upgrades for 2017.

With such a rare car at hand, one needs a co-driver to take part in the one-hour-long Kinrara Trophy. And who better to call than nine-time Le Mans champion and Goodwood fanatic Tom Kristensen?

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The obvious issue with the Dane is that he will be faster than you. Like, a whole lot faster. Add some heavy rain to the picture, and after qualifying second behind another E-Type, the only mission is to keep the car safe until your teammate takes over for the all important second stint. Gregor Fisken may have had some bad luck with the gearbox off the line, but with the E-Types being faster than any Cobra or Ferrari, Kristensen did what Kristensen does: fighting his way to second place after hopping into the car that was half a minute down from the lead.

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