A Van Diemen RF88 raced by Michael Schumacher flew the flag for Formula Ford 1600 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, making the top 40 shootout.
Normally, we expect to see venerable old legends and exotic supercars taking to the Goodwood hill, but yesterday’s shootout was graced by the humble Van Diemen RF88, as can be seen in action at club meetings every weekend up and down the country.
But this particular car, piloted at Goodwood by Richard Wilson, has provenance. It was raced by Schumacher in 1988 during his European and German FF1600 championship campaign with Eufra Racing.
Schumacher was sixth in the German championship and second in the European, behind Mika Salo.
Wilson is a historic racing regular who is more usually seen at the wheel of cars like the Maserati 250S or Ferrari 246 Dino. He was racing the latter car at Brands Hatch only a week ago.
He handled the considerably less powerful Van Diemen well, finishing 21st from 40 starters with a time of 66.67s and a top speed of 92.8mph.
By comparison, he was only 0.61s slower than Joe Macari’s Ferrari 250 GT and just under a second ahead of the Penske Zerex Special, driven by Gregory Heacock.
The Van Diemen was part of a batch of cars celebrating the achievements of Michael Schumacher on the year of his 50th birthday.