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The circuit of Charade is the only one to have appeared on the calendar of the Historic Tour every year since it was first run in 2015 and therefore holds a very special place in the French Championships. The 3.9km permanent mountain track created at the end of the 1980s retains the genes of the previous “big” Charade road circuit with its sinuous up and down character, frequented in its time by Formula 1.
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II eight days before the event opened, ending a magnificent seven-decade reign, changed the 24th Goodwood Revival Meeting’s dynamic to one of all-pervading respect and admiration for the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch. Set against the venue’s 1948-1966 backdrop, with union flags at half-mast above the pits and tributes from a visibly moved Duke of Richmond, the cream of the racing over three gloriously warm and sunny September days nonetheless remained sensational.