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Rofgo Goes To Monaco
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 02:15 PM
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Rofgo Goes To Monaco

In last weekend’s Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Roald Goethe (DE) and his long-term racing partner Stuart Hall (GB) took to the iconic 3.3km-long street circuit in three Gulf-liveried Formula One cars from the famous ROFGO Collection.


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The ROFGO Collection is a group of 29 privately-owned racing cars that have worn the iconic Gulf livery colours and includes fan-favourites such as the Ford GT40, Porsche 917 and a pair of McLaren F1 GTRs. It also boasts a McLaren M14, a Brabham BT26 and a Tyrell 007; all Formula One cars applicable for racing in the Monaco Historic GP.

The Monaco Historic Grand Prix is a seven-race event that takes place two weeks before the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco every other year. This year, Roald, Stuart and the ROFGO team entered in two of the races with their three F1 cars.

In race E – F1 Grand Prix Cars from 1966 to 1972 – Roald drove the same Mclaren M14 as driven by Denny Hulme in the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco in 1970. Starting from 16th on the grid, Roald, who raced in last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Aston Martin Racing, used his expert driving skill to keep out of trouble and work his way through the pack to cross the line in 10th.

In the same race, Stuart – current WEC GTE-Am Drivers World Champion – who now contests the European Le Mans Series with Roald and Gulf Racing, drove the Brabham BT26, the same car driven by Jacky Ickx in his 1969 German GP win. Forty-five years later and 29-year old Hall was behind the wheel. Despite it being one of the oldest car in the race, Hall qualified and started in sixth but soon made up two places to be mixing it up with the race leaders, finally crossing the line in fourth.

“Its obviously disappointing to miss out on a podium in Monaco,” comments Stuart. “But, it was a fantastic race and the car was incredible to drive. To come here, where legends have been made, and race in cars as raw as these is a dream come true. It was like going back in time and experiencing F1 at its most exciting and dangerous, and I have the war wounds to prove it!”

In race F – Grand Prix Cars from 1973 to 1978 – Roald drove a Tyrrell 007 driven by French F1 driver Patrick Depailler. The German started the race from 28th position but some stunning overtaking and very quick lap times saw him cross the line in 16th place.

“That was an incredible race!” commented Roald. “Being here, racing on the Monaco GP circuit is an incredible experience. It’s not easy to overtake here because it is so tight in places with no run off, but the car was fantastic and gave me the speed and confidence to work my way up through the pack.

“The ROFGO team has done a great job to get the cars here, prepared and running as well as when they raced here for the first time. We’ll definitely be back in two years.”

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