Sep­a­rate cat­e­gory to cater for Mk1, Mk2 and Mk7 mod­els from 2017

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

A new race se­ries for pre1966 Jaguars will be run in 2017 by the Historic Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its en­try-level, one-make Academy Se­ries for Austin A30/35 cars, the HRDC has un­veiled the Coombs Jaguar Challenge for all sa­loon mod­els of a type that raced in pe­riod from 1950 to 1966.

HRDC boss Julius Thur­good says the time is right to of­fer a se­ries for Jaguar sa­loons, cov­er­ing the lum­ber­ing Mk7s and Mk1s and Mk2s. “There is a strong need to run the tour­ing cars away from the sports cars,” said Thur­good.

“We’ve had a grow­ing num­ber of Jaguars rac­ing with the HRDC and more are bub­bling be­low the sur­face. There seems to be more Mk1s com­ing out than ever, in­clud­ing some that have been dor­mant for a while,” said Thur­good, who aims to gather enough sup­port to jus­tify stand-alone races next sea­son.

As well as a gag­gle of Mk1s and Mk2s, Thur­good hopes to see up to half a dozen of the ear­lier Mk7s, first pro­duced in 1951. More than 37,000 Mk1s were built in the late 1950s, while over 80,000 Mk2s were built be­tween 1959 and 1967.

El­i­gi­ble cars will race on an in­vi­ta­tion ba­sis and run on manda­tory Dun­lop CR65 historic rac­ing tyres.

Mk7s and Mk1s will run to ex­ist­ing HRDC tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions while Mk2s will run to FIA Ap­pen­dix K stan­dard.

Over the bal­ance of 2016, a class for the Jaguars will run within the HRDC’S Tour­ing Greats Se­ries as a pre­cur­sor to next sea­son.

The Brab­ham has a good his­tory Jaguar Mk1 will prove pop­u­lar

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