senior safety official has told an inquest into the deaths of two men
at the Goodwood Festival of Speed he could not remember seeing the finish
line gantry in an inspection of the track. John Simes said he had not
been asked to approve the gantry and might have made some adjustments
to it if he had.
Mr Simes, from the Motor Sports Association, told the inquest in Chichester he had driven around the circuit before the start of the festival, checking straw bales and barriers. Not approved But he said he could not remember seeing the finish line structure which Mr Dawson-Damer hit in his Lotus 63 sports car when it veered off the track in front of thousands of spectators. He also said the Goodwood Road Racing Company had not asked him to inspect and approve the gantry.
Australian driver, brother of the Earl of Portarlington, died at the scene.
Mr Carpenter, from Polegate, East Sussex, was one of two marshals to be
hurt and died from his injuries at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester.
The inquest is scheduled to last until Friday.