Jaguar announces new historic championship

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Jaguar and the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) have announced details of the all-new ‘Jaguar Heritage Challenge’ race series, including event dates, classes and eligible cars.

The new championship is open to pre-1966 Jaguar models and will be split into five classes: Jaguar XK-series cars; pre-’66 saloon models, C-type, D-type and XKSS, and two separate E-type classes. Jaguar is keen to highlight that the series will mark the first time that such a diverse group of historic competition Jaguars will be assembled as part of a singular race series.

The Heritage Challenge Series builds on the successful E-type Challenge that ran for several seasons, and is to be contested across five race weekends in 2015. The championship will run between May 2 and August 31, taking in some of the most iconic circuits in Europe, at blue riband historic racing meetings. The full race calendar is as follows:

2 – 4 May: Donington Historic Festival 16 – 17 May: Silverstone International (GP Circuit) 11 – 12 July: Brands Hatch Super Prix (GP Circuit) 7 – 9 August: Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix 29 – 31 August: Oulton Park Gold Cup

“We are delighted that our new Heritage Race series will take place at some of the best drivers’ circuits in Europe and at world-famous historic race meetings,” said Derek Weale, Jaguar Land Rover Heritage business director. “The spectacle of seeing a race dedicated to these classic Jaguars, on these circuits and at these events is going to be a sight to savour and behold.”

“A single-marque racing series like the Jaguar Heritage Challenge is a great addition to our racing calendar,” added Graham White, CEO of the HSCC. “I can’t wait to see some of the finest racing Jaguars of the past lining up on the grid at Donington in May.”

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