The inaugural race of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge 2015 is set to begin at the Donington Historic Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. The first race of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge – run with the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) – will feature a full field of 34 Jaguars including a 1957 MK I saloon driven by 1988 Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace.
The series is open to all Jaguars manufactured before 1966 including the XK-series, C- and D-types, MK I and MK II saloons and E-type. It complements the growing portfolio of Jaguar Heritage activities, which also includes the recently launched Jaguar Heritage Driving Experiences and factory sourced Heritage Parts and restoration – all under the expert direction of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division.
John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said: “We are extremely excited to welcome the drivers and fans of classic Jaguars to the very first race of the Heritage Challenge.
“Jaguar already has a long established tradition in appearing at the world’s foremost classic car celebrations including the Mille Miglia and Goodwood Revival and the Heritage Challenge is another exciting way in which the brand is celebrating its rich racing legacy.”
Graham White, CEO of the HSCC, said: “There is a tremendous affinity amongst the British public for classic Jaguars and the Jaguar Heritage Challenge is a fantastic addition to our 2015 racing calendar.”
The single-marque series will feature at five of the most high-profile historic festivals both in the UK and at the Nurburgring in Germany over the summer and the competitive series will see drivers competing in five different classes.
The top three most consistent drivers over the course of the season will be presented with a Bremont watch and Globetrotter luggage.
The dates for the Jaguar Heritage Race Series are as follows:
2nd – 4th May: Donington Historic Festival
16th – 17th May: Silverstone International (GP Circuit)
11th – 12th July: Brands Hatch Super Prix (GP Circuit)
7th – 9th August: Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix
29th – 31st August: Oulton Park Gold Cup
Entrants and drivers can visit a dedicated web page for the new series at http://www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-heritage-challenge for full details and information on how to enter.
Note: Press release courtesy Jaguar Cars.