Organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have cancelled Saturday’s action due to severe weather expected in the area.
Wet weather had influenced Friday’s activities, with spectators left scrambling for cover as rain soaked the Hillclimb area. This also forced the cancellation of the traditional Red Arrows display.
Those conditions aren’t set to improve as thunderstorms and high winds are expected to buffer the region.
“It is with deep regret that we have taken the decision that the Goodwood Festival of Speed will not go ahead tomorrow (Saturday),” a statement released by organisers read.
“After consulting meteorologists, health and safety experts and other key stakeholders, we have taken the decision to close the event site due to a severe wind warning in the Goodwood area.
“On-site safety is our highest priority, and the forecasted high winds will pose a serious risk to various temporary structures across the site. We politely ask that you do not travel to Goodwood or attempt to access the site.
“This decision has not been made lightly and His Grace, The Duke of Richmond, along with the whole Festival of Speed team, are deeply saddened that we will not run the event on Saturday for the first time in its 30-year history.
“The event will resume as planned on Sunday.”
Several high-profile drivers were set to appear on the day, including Formula 1 stars Lando Norris, Mika Hakkinen, Sebastien Vettel and Mick Schumacher.
Norris is not expected to return on Sunday, with McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri set to take his spot.
Sunday’s event has sold out, leaving the unfortunate situation where Saturday ticket holders will miss out on the action unless they hold a ticket for both days.