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Jaguar Heritage to be celebrated at this weekend’s Superprix

Wednesday, July 08 2015

The racing history of one of Britain's greatest sports car manufacturers will be celebrated by the Jaguar Heritage Challenge at the HSCC Historic Superprix on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend (11/12 July).

This new-for-2015 series celebrates a golden era for the Coventry marquee, in which they produced some of the most beautiful sports-racing cars of all time, with the most famous being the Jaguar E-type. Manufactured between 1961 and 1975, the E-Type is one of the most iconic cars ever built, and no fewer than 16 of them will appear on the grid this weekend.

Two of the E-Types will have well-known personalities behind the wheel, with celebrity baker Paul Hollywood, of Great British Bake Off fame driving one of them. Hollywood has improved rapidly as a racing driver over the course of the year, picking up a class victory in the MSVR-run GT Cup on the GP circuit earlier in the year.

Hollywood is joined on the grid by Andy Wallace, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in Jaguar's distinctive Silk Cut-liveried XJR-9LM in 1988, in another E-Type. Other strong E-Type entries to look out for include prolific historic ace Martin Stretton, and ex-BTCC racer Bobby Verdon-Roe.

There are plenty of other beautiful machines to look out for on the grid, including Jaguar Mk1 Saloons, and a host of stunning XK120s, one of which will be driven by former British GT Champion Calum Lockie.

The XK120's racier cousin, the C-Type, will be in action too, with John Sykes and David Hall sharing driving duties. The C-Type was one of the great endurance racers of the early 1950s, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt in 1951 with a driver line-up that included one Stirling Moss.

The Jaguar Heritage Challenge joins a packed line-up of nostalgic races at the Kent circuit this weekend, with other highlights including two races each for the Historic Grand Prix Car Association, and the Derek Bell Trophy for powerful F5000 single-seaters, plus the new Pre-'80 Endurance Series for 1970s sports-prototypes.

Tickets for the HSCC Historic Superprix on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend (11/12 July are available on the gate for £23 with free entry for under-13s. For more information please call 0843 453 9000 or click here