Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Seán Ward1
Kenny Brack on the Ford GT40 and Rain: “You don’t care about the value of the car.”
Ford GT40s are hugely expensive, icons to the motorsport community, and of massive emotional value to those fortunate enough to own them. Somehow, though, Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack managed to put all of that out of his mind and drive one of the most impressive qualifying sessions ever caught on video.
The qualifying session in question was that of the Whitsun Trophy race at the 2013 Goodwood Revival. Brack qualified second on the grid, out-qualifying his co-driver and owner of the car Adrian Newey, who admitted after the race that they had done ‘a little testing and setup work’.
Even though the pair finished the race in first place (thirteen seconds ahead of the next car) the only discussion post-Goodwood was over the viral qualifying video, so Goodwood decided to have a little chat with Brack and see what he had to say about the car, the race, and of course the video.
“It’s a cool video,” he says. “There’s a lot of improvising in the rain – there’s never a clear lap.”
After politely saying that the GT40 feels 45 years old and comparing it to a bull that’s trying to kill you, he finished by explaining that during qualifying “You don’t care about the value of the car… If you start thinking about those things you’ll either go really slow or end up making a mistake.”
Brack might not have been thinking about the value of the car, but it’s safe to say Adrian Newey really was.