The latest round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge took place at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, and produced a final lap full of excitement fitting for the circuit’s pedigree.
Jaguar Classic is a division of Special Operations dedicated to providing cars, services, parts and experiences to the owners and fans of classic Jaguars around the world. The Challenge is a racing series run in partnership with the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) that brings together historic and vintage Jaguars for the purpose they were originally made.
Inclement weather at Silverstone affected the surface drastically and led to some close racing between the leaders, with the lead swapping multiple times throughout the race.
Going into the final lap, the pole-sitting Low Drag E-Type of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie, but with great skill and bravery Thomas overtook both of the cars ahead of him into Luffield.
In a drag for the line, Thomas was able to pip Martin Stretton's to the post and won the pairing’s second race in a row by just 0.265 seconds – showing just how closely and fiercely fought the Challenge is, despite the vintage of the vehicles involved!
In the other classes, both Class B Mk1s didn’t finish due to mechanical issues, the D-Type of Gary Pearson won the Class C race whilst also finishing fourth overall and John Burton driving an E-Type won the Class D race.
Thanks to his last-lap heroics and performance, Julian Thomas won driver of the day. The next JCC event will be taking place at the Le Mans Classic from the 8th to 10th July.