JD CLASSICS TRIUMPH AT LE MANS







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 11, 2012
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Maldon, Tuesday 10th July 2012: Leading classic car company JD Classics maintained its consistent 2012 performance by producing some successful drives at the bi-annual Le Mans Classic where it entered four illustrious race cars over the action packed weekend.

The quartet included the ex-Stirling Moss Costin Lister Jaguar (Derek Hood/Alex Buncombe), ex-Fangio C-Type (Alex Buncombe), ex-Roy Salvadori XK 120 (Derek Hood) and an ex-works Austin Healey 100S (John Young).

Following on from his triumphant Jaguar Heritage Racing win at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, Buncombe’s success in the ex-Fangio C-Type was repeated once again at Le Mans on behalf of Jaguar Heritage Racing, as he drove home to cross the line first in races 1 & 2, and third in race 3. The Englishman also celebrated the fastest lap time of plateau 2 when on the seventh lap of race 3 he crossed the line with a time of 5:10:052.

Buncombe’s success for JD Classics was also bolstered by a strong showing from John Young in the Austin Healey 100 S, who passed the chequered flag with a best placing of third over the three races. Young’s Austin Healey, which is one of only 55 cars built, finished in a time of 43:43:888.

In the ex-Stirling Moss Costin Lister Jaguar, JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood and Alex Buncombe secured two first place finishes, and in the ex-Roy Salvadori XK 120 Hood finished in 12th position overall.

The team is now looking ahead to the Silverstone Classic on July 20-22.

Derek Hood, Managing Director, JD Classics commented: “I am delighted that our cars put in such a strong performance at the weekend in Le Mans. We had some good results earlier in the season, and to follow this up shows good consistency. My particular congratulations go to Alex Buncombe for his sterling drive that saw him finish in first position.”

Ex-Stirling Moss Costin Lister Jaguar

  • Raced by Stirling Moss and Walt Hansgen in 1959-60 as an Ex-Briggs Cunningham car
  • Winner of the 2011 Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy
  • Competed at SCCA events including the Sebring 12 hour

Ex-Fangio Jaguar C-Type (XKC 018):

  • Originally owned by Fangio
  • Completely restored by JD Classics to current FIA specification
  • One of the most genuine and original C-Types in existence
  • One of the most successful C-Types in current historic racing

Ex-Salvadori XK 120:

  • Raced by Roy Salvadori in the early 1950s
  • JD Classics chassis-off restoration

Ex-works Austin Healey 100S:

  • Original North American Works Team Car
  • Prepared to current FIA specification by JD Classics
  • One of 55 cars built
  • One of the top six Healey 100S's in the world

JD Classics has enjoyed a successful beginning to the 2012 historic racing season. Many of this year’s competing vehicles have been entered under the Jaguar Heritage Racing banner, the new “works” supported racing programme of Jaguar cars supported by JD Classics. During May’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, Alex Buncombe secured a victory in the JD Classics ex-Fangio C-Type in the Serie C Pre-1953 Sports Prototypes category. This was followed up by a strong entry into the iconic Italian rally, the Mille Miglia, in which JD Classics and Jaguar Heritage entered no fewer than 11 cars between them.