JEC Racing Report – Pembrey 3rd/4th August 2013

Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Racing

Pembrey – 3rd/4th August 2013

Jaguar Classic Parts Saloon & GT Championship

Report by Terry Dye. Pictures by David Stallard.

Race 1

Crowding into the hairpin!

Pembrey in South Wales is an interesting former airfield circuit of 1.4 miles, once the venue for F1 testing. After heavy rain overnight, Saturday proved sunny and hot for qualifying and the race.

Qualifying saw David Howard’s XJ12 on pole from Tom Barclay (Coupe) and the ever- improving Tom Butterfield. Tom Lenthall’s newly liveried XJS completed the first 2 rows.

At the start cars accelerate into Hatchets hairpin. Under heavy braking, Colin Philpott was eased on to the grass and, with the slippery surface offering little control, returned to push Butterfield into a spin. The fracas at the start allowed Howard to lead from Barclay and Lenthall, who fought off Philpott and Palmer (XJSs). Howard later spun on oil which released a hard charging Barclay to his first ever win. Boy, was he pleased!

Simon Blunt’s challenge for class honours ended when stewards called him in to inspect a fluid leak. A number of battles throughout the race provided plenty of entertainment, notably between Philpott and Palmer and the 3-way tussle between the saloons of Connew and Morrant  challenged by the green XJS of Roger Webster.

An excellent race enlivened by a number of incidents. Highlight of the race was the recovery by Butterfield to 5th as he challenged and passed car after car, earning him Drive of the Day. In the true spirit of JEC Racing, others descended on the Butterfield car after the race to ensure it raced the next day.

Tom Butterfield earnt Drive of the Day!


Results First Second Third
Overall Tom Barclay David Howard Colin Philpott
Class A Chris Pizzala Laurence Squires Simon Blunt
Class B Tom Barclay Tom Butterfield Guy Connew
Class C Colin Philpott Chris Palmer Roger Webster
Class D David Howard

Dive of the Day: Tom Butterfield


Race 2

Chris Pizzalas XJS – bruised, but victorious!

In contrast to Saturday, there was torrential rain or constant drizzle throughout the day and in the extremely slippery conditions the standard cars were able to challenge the modified cars, who were unable to exploit their extra power.

After 2 laps behind the Jaguar Safety Car, Tom Barclay led the pack off into the murk but was soon passed by the Howard XJ12. Barclay harassed throughout until lap 10 when he recovered the lead, although a grandstand finish was denied us as, in the monsoon conditions, Howard went off at the hairpin under braking.

Many drivers were finding it nearly impossible to see their braking points and a visit to the soaking grass would have meant the end of their race. For a while the Tom Butterfield XJ40 was a lonely 3rd until the battling XJ6s, Connew and Morrant latched onto his tail. This huge battle continued throughout with Connew getting past on lap 11 only to spin, leaving Butterfield and Morrant to cross the line in 3rd and 4th.Chris Palmer fought off the cars of Squires and Pizzala, and although Philpott found the handling of his car unsuitable for the conditions he still managed fastest lap.

Pizzala had an eventful race. Stopping on the green flag laps to fix a flapping bonnet, clawing from last to 7th, spinning back, sliding into Squires before recovering to win class A.

Squires, in his standard XJS, made a terrific effort to try to pass the Palmer XJS that earned him Drive of the Day for fine, assertive, yet sensible driving.

A successful weekend for Tom Barclay who broke his duck of overall wins to take a brace. All showed tremendous car control and concentration in appalling conditions which sometimes changed lap by lap.

Tom Barclay celebrates a brace of wins!


Results First Second Third
Overall Tom Barclay Tom Butterfield Tim Morrant
Class A Chris Pizzala Laurence Squires Simon Blunt
Class B Tom Barclay Tom Butterfield Tim Morrant
Class C Chris Palmer Colin Philpott

Dive of the Day: Tom Butterfield

All to Donington on 24th/25th August where the championship will be decided!


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