A FORMER supermodel with a need for speed gave fans a sneak peek of a behind closed doors event at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Sussex pub-owner Jodie Kidd shared a series of short videos with her followers on social media as she showed them what was going on at the Goodwood SpeedWeek - a virtual event which replaced the usual Festival of Speed and Revival after it fell foul of coronavirus restrictions.

She toured the supercars parked at the site, giving “fellow petrolheads” a glimpse of McLarens, Ferraris and more.

The 42-year-old also lavished praise on the redesigned kidney grille and sleek design of the new BMW M5, which she was given the opportunity to test drive.

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She did cast her phone camera wistfully over the car display area, saying it seemed empty without the usual throng of fans mingling around the motorcars.

Jodie was thrust into the limelight in modelling when she was discovered at the age of just 15.

She appeared on the cover of Vogue and walked for Alexander McQueen’s debut runway presentation, but her career later diversified.

She now co-owns The Half Moon pub in Kirdford, near Billingshurst and is working hard to adapt the site to the current challenging climate.

Jodie has also helped The Snowman Spectacular fundraising ball for the Chestnut Tree House hospice.

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She is a self-professed petrolhead, forming part of ITV4’s presenter line-up for the channel’s Isle of Man TT coverage in 2018.

As a result, she received an invite to Goodwood this weekend and was able to show motorsport fans what was going on as part of the Goodwood SpeedWeek, which ran from Friday until yesterday.

A GoodWood spokesman stated: “Due to the restrictions in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic all three of Goodwood’s major motorsport events could not be held as we would like, so have been postponed until 2021.

“Goodwood SpeedWeek served to fill the gap in the motorsport calendar and fulfill your appetite for Goodwood motorsport.

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“Also, because it was held behind closed doors, it gave us the chance to bring new cars to the Motor Circuit, doing more incredible things than ever before.

“From the first Timed Shootout to take place on the Goodwood Motor Circuit, to cars leaving the circuit and using areas normally reserved for spectators or buildings.”

Footage of the event was broadcast live on the GoodWood website.