The Jaguar Heritage Racing team enjoyed great success in the 40th Nürburgring AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix from 10-12 August, its line-up of Mk 2, C-type and E-type Jaguars - with drivers Alex Buncombe, Chris Ward and Frank Klaas - recording both outright wins and class victories.
The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday when, after a lights-to-flag victory in the first of two E-type Challenge rounds on the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit, JHR driver Alex Buncombe then ran straight to the team's C-type for the prestigious one-hour pre-'60/'61 sports and GT car event. Racing again within just a few minutes as dusk fell, Alex drove brilliantly to a great class win and fifth place overall, the C-type similarly on-song throughout.
Speaking immediately after this intense period of competition, Alex said: "Driving these cars is a real privilege, and the whole team has done a great job. Both the races today were fantastic for me, and everything went exactly as we planned."
The hard competition began for the JHR team 24-hours earlier, as on Friday 10 August the Mk 2 saloon was entered in the tough 3.5-hour 'Marathon' - the only event in this year's Oldtimer meeting that ran on the fabled Nordschleife. Alex completed the first stint in hot conditions without incident, before a smooth pit-stop after nine laps saw him hand over to Frank Klaas. Still running strongly, a final stop for fuel then saw Chris Ward take the wheel for the last stint - the car's consistently quick pace meaning that, despite a fuel pump issue two laps from the end, the team still recorded a solid third in class.
On the Grand Prix circuit for the final day's racing on Sunday 12 August, Alex Buncombe took the wheel of the C-type again in the second pre-'60/'61 sports and GT car race, this time run over 30-mins. Once again, car and driver performed well, Alex recording another class win and fifth place finish overall.
The team's final race of the weekend was the second round of the E-type Challenge where, following his earlier win, Alex once again started from pole position - the only disappointment before the race being that the sister car of Frank Klaas/Chris Ward was unable to take the grid following a mechanical issue in race one. That disappointment, however, was soon tempered by another win for Alex, though it wasn't without some drama as he was tipped into a spin on the very first corner. Having rejoined in fourth place Alex was back in the lead by the end of lap one, coming home a comfortable 4.1-seconds clear at the flag to complete a great weekend's racing.
The next outing for the Jaguar Heritage Racing team will be at the Goodwood Revival, 14-16 September