Pikes Peak Hill Climb, family of Bobby Goodin release statement

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race organizers and the family of motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin (pictured, right) have issued a joint statement two days after the 54-year-old died of injuries sustained in a morning crash.

“He will be remembered as a fierce competitor with a driven spirit that only an athlete can understand, and as a gentle man who came to Colorado with the support and love of family, friends and those he competed against,” they said of Goodin, who was competing in his second PPIHC.

Goodin, part of the Middleweight class, completed his run Sunday morning but moments later lost control of his Triumph motorcycle in a parking lot at the top of Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit.

After landing on a nearby area of rocks, he was given CPR when found by paramedics. He was then taken via Flight for Life to a local hospital, but the El Paso (Colo.) County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his passing late Sunday afternoon.

Goodin is the first motorcycle racer to die at the PPIHC since 1982. According to his manager, Kevin Brunson, the 54-year-old racer is survived by two daughters.

“Even though many might consider this a tragic day with a needless death, those lucky enough to compete at Pikes Peak on a day like today knows even today was a wonderful celebration of life for every competitor,” Brunson said in his own statement.

“…Our friend Bobby knew the joy of finishing and competing well, and that will bring all of us comfort as we deal with his loss.”

Race organizers have confirmed that a benefit fund will be created for Goodin’s family.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”