The inaugural season of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge came to a close at Oulton Park September 1 with Mike Wilkinson and John Bussell driving their E-Type — formerly owned by three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart — to victory.
Wilkinson and Bussell started “SSN 300” (above) from the second row of the grid and worked hard to keep pace with the leading pack, taking over the top spot on Lap 13 when early leader Martin O’Connell hit mechanical trouble. They then proceeded to establish a commanding lead, which Bussell nearly threw away by running wide on the final lap before recovering to be first under the checker. Peter Castaldini finished 2nd, with the pairing of Robert Gate and Dave Coyne taking 3rd, both in race-prepared E-Types.
Taking Class C honors was RAC Motoring Committee chairman Ben Cussons in his C-Type “PUG 676.” Other class winners from the season finale were: Jim Tester in his XK120 (A1), Chris Keith-Lucas driving an XK150 (A), Andy Wallace in a Mk1 (B) and John Burton in his E-Type (D).
“This has been a great season of Jaguar Heritage racing,” said Lorraine Toolan, Global Head of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, “The support from our drivers has been amazing, too. All of which gives us plenty to build on for the future.”