Big cats to roar in Le Mans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Jaguar is to make a nos­tal­gic re­turn to Le Mans this year as their sports cars are con­fi­firmed for 2016’s Clas­sic.

The Le Mans Clas­sic pro­gramme, 8-10 July, will now in­clude a leg of the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge se­ries of races for 2016, pro­vid­ing a fifield of pre-1966 Jaguars rac­ing wheel-to-wheel.

Jaguar’s long, suc­cess­ful his­tory at Le Mans be­gan in 1951 when Peter Walker and Peter White­head drove C-type XKC 003 to vic­tory. Fol­low­ing a one-two fifin­ish in 1953, the mar­que dom­i­nated Le Mans in 1955, ’56 and ’57 in the D-type. In 1988 and 1990, the works team won in an XJR-9LM and XJR-12 re­spec­tively.

The Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge, run in con­junc­tion with the His­toric Sports Car Club (HSCC), will also adopt new tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions based on the FIA’s Ap­pendix K frame­work for cars com­pet­ing in international his­toric rac­ing com­pe­ti­tions. These reg­u­la­tions pay con­sid­er­a­tion to a car’s pe­riod speci­fi­fi­ca­tion and are in keep­ing with the true spirit of his­toric mo­tor rac­ing.

‘Jaguar’s his­tory of rac­ing at Le Mans will add to the spec­ta­cle of the Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge,’ says Tim Han­nig, Di­rec­tor, Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic.

The sea­son kicks off at Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val, 30 April-2 May.

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