Vredestein JEC Jaguar XK Challenge
Report by Terry Dye
Pictures by Mick Walker
Andrew Wenman (XK120) was forced to start behind the pack from the pit lane!
Eight XKs were entered for the long journey to the picturesque Oulton Park circuit and, fortunately the rain held off, although it was chilly and windy. Oulton Park is a challenging 2.7 mile circuit and, in the sunshine, must be one of the most attractive circuits in the UK.
Qualifying times reflected the track and weather conditions. A disappointed Paul Kennelly non-started as his car was not ready. Following David Wenman’s outing in the XK120 at Silverstone, son Andrew took over and promptly qualified 2.6 seconds ahead of John Burton, with the fast improving Alexis de Beaumont third. New driver Mark Donnor followed up in the very quick ex-Chisholm XK120. The Wenman car was found to be minus a couple of gears. The Claire Keith-Lucas 150 had a suspect clutch but this did not stop husband Chris also giving the car an excellent run in the HRDC Allstars Race before lunch . The Burton 120 was smoking a little although not shedding oil on the track so he wisely advised the Clerk of Course so as not to be black-flagged during the race.
As the grid formed up, Andrew Wenman was forced to start behind the pack from the pit lane. He promptly forced his way to 8th before retiring on lap 8. The Tojeiro and Lister promptly took off whilst Burton’s 120 challenged an Allard J2, finally passing to be first XK home, followed by the very quick de Beaumont. Further back Nik Rochez’s 150 FHC bravely fought off a brace of Healeys, and a quick spin did not lose him his 3rd place. Claire Keith-Lucas held sway over a rapid Aston DB2 whilst Marc Gordon drove a sensible race in his XK150 to finish 6th. New boy Mark Donnor suffered overheating necessitating a pit stop. At one time he was up to 6th, an excellent effort which rightly earned him Drive of the Day.
New boy Mark Donnor rightly earned Drive of the Day!
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