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GREAT BRITAIN SAILGP TEAM BREAKS F50 SPEED RECORD ON BEN AINSLIE’S RETURN IN DENMARK

GREAT BRITAIN SAILGP TEAM BREAKS F50 SPEED RECORD ON BEN AINSLIE'S RETURN IN DENMARK

GREAT BRITAIN SAILGP TEAM BREAKS F50 SPEED RECORD ON BEN AINSLIE’S RETURN IN DENMARK

AARHUS, DENMARK – 18 August, 2021 – Great Britain SailGP Team CEO and driver Sir Ben Ainslie returned to the wheel of the British F50 today as the team began training ahead of the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix in Aarhus (August 20-21).

It was an eventful return to action for Ainslie, who had missed the previous two SailGP events to welcome the arrival of his baby son Fox, as he and the British crew broke the SailGP speed record with a top speed of 98.3 km/h (61.1mph/53.1 knots) in strong breeze on the Aarhus waters – WATCH HERE

After winning the opening event of the season in Bermuda, Ainslie has returned to the Great Britain SailGP Team with the team in a strong position, second on the overall Championship leaderboard level on points with the leaders – Tom Slingsby’s Australia SailGP Team. On returning to the team, Ainslie was full of praise for fellow Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison who temporarily led the team in his absence in Taranto and Plymouth.

Ainslie said: “The team has done brilliantly over the past two events. It was great to see Paul come into the team and with very little time to practice beforehand get straight into the thick of it. They battled hard, and it was great to see their fighting spirit come through and finish on a really positive note with a race win in our home event in Plymouth.

“Now, coming into Aarhus we’ve got to regroup quickly. It was a full-on day out there today, a real team effort to keep the boat on its feet and we hit our fastest speed yet which is always good fun. One of those days where you’re glad you can get the boat back to the dock in reasonable shape! We’ve got three key events pretty much back-to-back coming in Aarhus, Saint-Tropez and Cadiz (Andalusia) so it will be very important to get going quickly, get some solid finishes and try to keep ourselves at the top-end of the League.

“The nature of SailGP, the nature of the racing, the quality of the fleet, and with the talent that is in these teams now, it is going to be really hard for one team to stand out and dominate. It’s going to be really tight racing, down to the wire. That’s what we love about SailGP, that intensity of racing, the close battles we are seeing on the water, and expect to see more of that.”

The Great Britain SailGP Team has been joined in Aarhus by Hannah Diamond – the final athlete trialling as part of the league’s Women’s Pathway Program – before a final decision will be made on which of the female athlete trialists will be joining the team full time. With the previous trialists including the likes of recent Olympic medalists Hannah Mills and Anna Burnet, it will be a tough decision to make for Ben Ainslie and the team.

Commenting on SailGP’s Women’s Pathway Program and the team’s trialists Ben Ainslie added: “We can only really accommodate one more full-time sailor with the team so it’s going to be a tough decision how we move forward after this event. We’ve had some great athletes with the team over the past few events, real team players and very talented sailors all of whom have brought brilliant experience, attitude, and personality. We’ll get our heads together after this event and finalise a decision based on what we think will be best for the team”.

Off the water, the Great Britain SailGP Team is also in second place in SailGP’s new Impact League, a world-first integrated second leaderboard created for all eight international teams, where the teams are rewarded for the positive actions they make to reduce their overall carbon footprint and help accelerate inclusivity in sailing. The team has been working closely with its Race For The Future partner STEM Crew to maximise its positive impact and climb up the Impact League leaderboard too.

The ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix is live on Sky Sports from 2PM BST on Friday August 20 and from 12PM BST on Saturday August 21, and is also free to view on SailGP’s YouTube channel. For full viewing details visit sailgp.com/watch.

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Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: Sir Stirling Moss remembered

Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: Sir Stirling Moss remembered

  • The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” will be at the centre of the memorial to Sir Stirling Moss
  • A year ago, British motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss passed away at the age of 90
  • Digital book of condolences from Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Festival of Speed

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England from 8 to 11 July 2021, Mercedes-Benz will remember Sir Stirling Moss. Goodwood’s cricket ground will feature the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” (W 196 S) driven by the British racing driver, who died in 2020, as the focal point of a memorial commissioned by the Duke of Richmond and created by designer and artist Andy Dance.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen „722“ (W 196 S, links) und Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen W 196 R mit freistehenden Rädern. Foto mit den ehemaligen Rennfahrern Stirling Moss (links) und Juan Manuel Fangio vom Hockenheimring aus dem Jahr 1991. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: A48322) // Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car “722” (W 196 S, left) and Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R with free-standing wheels. Photo showing former racing drivers Stirling Moss (left) and Juan Manuel Fangio taken at the Hockenheimring in 1991. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: A48322)

“In honour of the great man and outstanding racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, Mercedes-Benz Classic will present the legendary racing sports car in which Stirling Moss celebrated his greatest success as our works driver at the 1955 Mille Miglia in a dignified setting at this, the ‘largest automotive garden party in the world’,” explained Christian Boucke, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. Sir Stirling Moss passed away in London on 12 April 2020 at the age of 90.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen „722“. Gefahren vom ehemaligen Rennfahrer und Mercedes-Benz Markenbotschafter Sir Stirling Moss beim Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: D153159) // Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car 722. Driven by former racing driver and Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Sir Stirling Moss at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: D153159)

300 SLR “722” as the focal point of the memorial

The memorial to Sir Stirling Moss on the cricket ground at Goodwood House will showcase the original 300 SLR “722” on a pedestal inside a glass cube. The winning car from that year will be surrounded by obelisks commissioned by the Duke of Richmond from designer and artist Andy Dance. Monitor screens will be integrated in the obelisks showing videos recalling the life of Sir Stirling Moss. Historic film footage from Mercedes-Benz will remind us of, amongst other things, the outstanding role played by the English racing driver for the Stuttgart brand in the 1955 motor racing season.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen (W 196 S). Foto vom Tourist Trophy Race in Dundrod (Nordirland) am 17. September 1955. Stirling Moss und John Cooper Fitch gewinnen das Rennen auf dem Fahrzeug mit der Startnummer 10. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: U23818 // Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S). Photo taken at the Tourist Trophy Race at Dundrod (Northern Ireland) on 17 September 1955. Stirling Moss and John Cooper Fitch won the race in the car bearing starting number 10. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: U23818

The digital book of condolences, which Mercedes-Benz Classic has created in memory of Sir Stirling Moss, will also be displayed on the screens. The interactive document can be accessed at www.mercedes-benz.com/stirlingmoss and mb4.me/stirlingmoss. The QR code that accesses the book of condolences directly will be on display at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House.

Legendary motor racing season of 1955

In the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722, Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson won the 1955 Mille Miglia with a record average speed of 157.65 km/h. Stirling Moss’s victories in the 300 SLR were decisive in Mercedes-Benz’s winning the World Sports Car Championship in 1955. That year, Moss also competed for Mercedes-Benz in Formula One in the single-seater W 196 R and finished runner-up behind his team-mate Juan-Manuel Fangio.

Following the Festival of Speed, the 300 SLR “722” will be on display at the British Grand Prix (14 to 16 July) at Silverstone and then at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands. At the Goodwood Revival from 17 to 19 September 2021, a presentation of all of Stirling Moss’s racing cars will include the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” and the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula One racing car with free-standing wheels.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen (W 196 S). Foto von der Mille Miglia (Italien), 1. Mai 1955. Die späteren Sieger Stirling Moss/Denis Jenkinson im Fahrzeug mit der Startnummer 722 kurz nach dem Start in Brescia. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: 55051-12) // Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S). Photo from the Mille Miglia (Italy), 1 May 1955. The subsequent winners Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in the car with starting number 722 shortly after the start in Brescia. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: 55051-12)

Mercedes-Benz has been present at Goodwood for many years with its Silver Arrows and other sporty vehicles from the brand’s history. Drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass and Jackie Stewart have been known to put the cars through their paces at that venue. The first Festival of Speed took place in 1993 with around 25,000 visitors at the Duke of Richmond’s country estate in Sussex (England). In the meantime, this international show in the grounds of Goodwood House has developed into the largest motorsport event in Great Britain with up to 200,000 visitors over four days.

“In 1993, my original idea was to generate the atmosphere of a proper garden party and then bring together valuable historic cars and their corresponding drivers from the different generations,” explained the Duke of Richmond, organiser of the Festival of Speed. The grandfather of the present Duke, “Freddie” Richmond, organised a hill climb outside Goodwood House as early as 1936 and converted a military airfield into the Goodwood race track in 1948, where the Goodwood Revival has been held since 1997.

Der ehemalige Rennfahrer und Mercedes-Benz Markenbotschafter Sir Stirling Moss im Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen (W 196 S). Foto vom Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: D153151) // Former racing driver and Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Sir Stirling Moss in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S). Photo from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: D153151)

Stirling Moss and Goodwood

Goodwood had a special significance for long-time Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Stirling Moss: this was where he celebrated his first victory in his first race in 1948. After a serious accident in April 1962 on the fast circuit, this was also the place where he ended his career. “Stirling and his wife Susie were such an important part of the Goodwood family for so many years,” the Duke of Richmond paid tribute. “We hope that fans at our events around the world will join us in celebrating his racing career and bidding farewell to ‘Mr Goodwood’ in 2021. Stirling’s supreme skill and love for his sport will continue to be remembered at Goodwood for many years to come.”

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Rennsportwagen „722“. Gefahren vom ehemaligen Rennfahrer und Mercedes-Benz Markenbotschafter Sir Stirling Moss beim Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Fotosignatur der Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive: D153154) // Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car 722. Driven by former racing driver and Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Sir Stirling Moss at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. (Photo signature in the Mercedes-Benz Classic archives: D153154)

The car shown by Mercedes-Benz Classic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car “722” (W 196 S, 1955)

Mercedes-Benz developed the 300 SLR (W 196 S) for the 1955 World Sportscar Championship. It was based on the successful W 196 R Formula One racing car. The main difference besides the body was the engine: the racing car did not have to comply with the Formula One displacement limit and was powered by a three-litre version of the eight-cylinder inline engine, which ran on regular premium-grade petrol rather than special racing fuel. Its high performance potential and unrivalled durability as well as reliability made the 300 SLR far superior to its competitors in 1955. Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, in the car bearing starting number 772, took first place in the one-two win in the Mille Miglia. There were more double victories in the Eifel race, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Targa Florio (Sicily), plus a triple victory in the Tourist Trophy in Ireland, and, finally, victory in the World Sports Car Championship.

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing sports car

Period of use: 1955
Cylinders: 8/inline
Displacement: 2,982 cc
Output: 222 kW (302 hp)
Top speed: more than 300 km/h

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NEW CONTINENTAL GT SPEED GAINS TRACTION

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  • To be revealed at 16:00 GMT, 23 March, 2021
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