Stars of the track are out in force on final day of petrolheads’ paradise

Valentino Rossi at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday

Valentino Rossi at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday

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Thousands of fans were treated to guest appearances from two of the biggest names in motorsport on the final day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Formula One star Nico Rosberg was joined by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi for the end of the four-day celebration of speed.

Olly Clark, who claimed victoryin the Sunday shootout  in his Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper'II' with a time of 44.91 seconds.

Olly Clark, who claimed victoryin the Sunday shootout in his Subaru Impreza 'Gobstopper'II' with a time of 44.91 seconds.

And the pair even enjoyed lunch together.

F1 star Rosberg spent more than half an hour signing autographs and greeting his fans, fresh from celebrating his 30th birthday on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Goodwood welcomed seven-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi to the event for the first time.

The Italian legend put on some spectacular ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ displays in front of a sell-out crowd on both two and four wheels.

Also at the event was car lover and Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay, while Olympic gold medallist Salley Gunnell enjoyed the atmosphere amongst thousands of fellow racing enthusiasts.

For his Goodwood debut on two wheels, Rossi – ‘The Doctor’ – rode his Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike carrying a special livery to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yamaha Motor Co, and then rode the machine into Goodwood House before appearing on the balcony with Lord March and Suzi Perry.

On four wheels, Rossi drove the legendary 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B – the same car seen soaring out of the sky above Goodwood House in this year’s Central Feature, as well as an ex-Henri Toivonen Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car.

The renowned ‘Festival of Speed Sunday Shootout’ was declared open by Rossi as he paraded up the Hillclimb in an ex-Jacky Ickx/Jochen Mass Porsche 962C. Following his run, the clocks were set and 35 cars ascended the iconic 1.16-mile course in a bid for 2015’s fastest time.

British Time Attack Champion, Olly Clark, claimed victory in his Subaru Impreza ‘Gobstopper II’ with a time of 44.91 seconds. The son of twice-RAC Rally winner, Roger Clark, defeated the Mitjet Mini Pikes Peak of ice racing king Jean-Philippe Dayraut and the Toyota Celica ‘Pikes Peak’ of New Zealander, Rod Millen.

Current Mercedes F1 title contender, Nico Rosberg, celebrated his 30th birthday weekend with a blast up the Hill in his 2013 race-winning grand prix car, the Mercedes F1 W04.

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