Due to a packed racing schedule in North America, Olly doesn’t get many opportunities to race anything other than a GM-branded vehicle. The one glorious exception for which many professional drivers make time is the Goodwood Revival meeting, this year taking place at the iconic track near Chichester, Sussex on 13-15th September.
The four-time class winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and current American Le Mans Series GT Champion, will be dusting off his flat cap and pale blue, period racing overalls and renewing his victorious driving partnership with Nick Swift in a Swiftune Mini Cooper S in the St Mary’s Trophy race for saloon cars originally raced between 1960 and 1966.
The duo won the event in 2009, the 50th anniversary year for the Mini, and Oliver is delighted that his schedule this year has allowed him to return to the prestigious Revival meeting. The St Mary’s Trophy is a two-part race, with celebrity drivers taking the wheel on Saturday, followed by the owner-drivers on Sunday, and the result declared on aggregate.
Oliver will also be demonstrating his considerable talents in the RAC TT Celebration race, the main event on Sunday afternoon, driving a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (chassis 20), prepared by historic racing specialist, Martin Stretton. He will be partnering the car’s owner, Mark Clubb, in the one-hour, two-driver challenge for closed-cockpit GT cars (1960-1964), alongside some of the most famous names in motor sport in around £100million of exotic cars.
Oliver had a brief test in the Mini last week at Goodwood, and it re-ignited his enthusiasm for the car and the meeting ahead: “It’s great fun to drive the Mini again, and it didn’t take long to get back into it. I’m delighted to be back with Nick for the St Mary’s Trophy and have very fond memories of our 2009 victory. I really enjoyed the whole event that year and hope to get much of the same success and enjoyment in a fortnight’s time.
“I’ll also be racing with Mark Clubb in his E-Type and that will also be a lot of fun. Martin Stretton is running the car and he knows historic racing like the back of his hand. The TT race is highly competitive and sums up all that is great at the Goodwood Revival meeting…there is fantastic machinery and wall-to-wall racing names all having fun!”
*Only joking about the leather helmet…