Jaguar (JEC) Racing – Snetterton – 28th September 2013

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Vredestein XK Challenge

Snetterton – 28th September 2013

  Report and pictures by Roger Gage

Driving in the invitation class, Graham Love brought the imposing and surprisingly agile Mk 7 saloon home in fourth place!

A sunny but very chilly Snetterton was the venue for the last XK race of the season, run within a race for ‘50s Sports Cars on the Aston Martin Owners Club Racing programme.

Drivers returned to the pits after qualifying to report a surprisingly low grip track, and, as a result, several drivers had spins and minor excursions. It may have been this combination of low grip and cold tyres that caused John Burton to test his front wing against the Armco on his first flying lap. The result was one-nil to the Armco, leaving John to start the race from the back.

John Burton tested his front wing against the Armco

The first three XKs, led by Chris Keith-Lucas, then Steve Skipworth and Ian Mills, were separated by just half a second on a long circuit with a two and a half minute lap, so we predicted a close race.

A very quick ex XK driver, Darren Mcwhirter, brought his Lister Jaguar all the way from Elgin in Scotland, qualified on pole and won the race at a canter, once the challenge from a Healey 3000 disappeared into the pits.

Chris Keith-Lucas fought his way to the front of the XK group

Ian Mills lead the XKs at the end of the first lap with Chris Keith-Lucas relegated to third behind Steve Skipworth, but incredibly John Burton was already right on the tail of the red 120, in fourth. Keith-Lucas then fought his way to the front of the lead XK group, before being forced into retirement when his gearbox failed. By this time, Burton was comfortably in the lead when his bottom hose exploded in a huge cloud of steam and water and he spun out of the race on his own fluids. Shortly after this, Skipworth retired with over-heating, leaving the win to Mills and with a rapidly improving Paul Kennelly in second, Claire Keith-Lucas third and Rob Pinchbeck fourth.

Burton’s bottom hose exploded in a huge cloud of steam and he spun out of the race on his own fluids


Results Overall and Class C Class B
First Ian Mills Rob Pinchbeck
Second Paul Kennelly  
Third Claire Keith-Lucas  


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