|Vredestein XK Challenge
Report by Roger Gage
Pictures by Nick and Roger Gage
Bob Francis claimed fastest Jaguar lap before the heavens opened!
Sunday’s race was on the full 2.4 mile Grand Prix circuit, and in good qualifying conditions the Jaguars enjoyed stretching their legs out of sight of the grandstands on the long, fast straights and sweeping bends at the back of the track. Trouble was, other cars enjoyed it even more and the result was that the fastest Jaguar was to start the race in eleventh place.
Race time neared and the sky darkened until five minutes into the race the heavens opened, but not before Bob Francis had claimed fastest Jaguar lap. On a flooded track it was not long before the safety car appeared and was deployed for an extended period to neutralise the race.
When racing resumed with the obvious need for cautious driving, we had lost seven cars, although to the drivers’ credit, none of these were the Jaguars. Paul Kennelly had a great drive and battled well throughout the whole race to keep a resurgent Mark Donnor at bay by less than a tenth of a second. Siamak Siassi and Rob Pinchbeck duelled, with Siamak getting the verdict by just three tenths, and Chris Scholey with his class A 3.4 roadster went well to finish ahead of more advantaged cars in the middle of the Jaguar grouping.
Still without second gear from race one and out of courtesy to other competitors, Chris Keith-Lucas started from the back of the grid even though he had qualified mid-field. In challenging conditions, Chris had another controlled drive as he made his way to finish fifth of the Jaguars, and for this he just pipped Paul Kennelly to Sunday’s trophy for ‘Drive Of The Day’.
Siamak Siassi and Rob Pinchbeck duelled
|Overall||John Burton||Paul Kennelly||Mark Donnor|
|Class A||Chris Scholey|
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