Vredestein Jaguar XK - Silverstone 30th September

JEC Jaguar XK Race Series 2018

Final race of the season with Aston Martin Racing's 50's Sports Car Series.

Next weekend the Castle Combe Autumn Classic for Pre '66 Jaguars

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For the penultimate XK race of 2017 (next weekend is the prestigious Castle Combe Autumn Classic), the Jaguars returned to Silverstone to race alongside the Aston Martin 50’s Sports Cars. An excellent grid of 25 mixed British sports cars, including MGA, Elva, Elite & Austin-Healeys, was enhanced by the presence of the XKs. Also in the race were some more unusual cars, probably known only to true racing fans. Coopers Bobtail, Bristol & Monaco, Turner Sports & the unusually named Lister Bristol Flat Iron. Full marks to anyone who knew these. Long time Jaguar supporters were also racing Adam Crowton (Lotus Elite), Bob Lines (MGA) & Anthony Ditheridge (Cooper Monaco). One of the pleasures of club racing is meeting ex XK racers, namely Chris Keen, who raced with JEC for a number of years.The XK contingent included a new entrant, John Carr who thoroughly enjoyed his first race in the XK120 FHC. Problems for Rob Pinchbecks beautiful XK120 during Friday’s testing,when a broken half-shaft meant work for Brian Stevens. That, and fitting of new tyres, was sorted before qualifying at 0930.

Kevin Zwolinski Andrew Wenman Rg
Paul Kennelly Pushes On Cg
Rob Newall Passes Gp Grandstand
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Qualifying – Sunny/Dry

The Rob Newall 120FHC started losing water in the Assembly Area but, as the gauges were looking ok, Rob decided to run in qualifying & sort the problem out later. This was discovered to be a ‘duff’ radiator cap. The Andrew Wenman headed the Jaguars by a mere 0.3 sec from Newall. Paul Kennellys XK150S standard Class A followed, whilst the Class B battle between Kevin Zwolinski (XK140 FHC) & Geoff Ottley (XK120) was to continue through the day.


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Race – Bright/Dry

Kennally made a lightning start to head the XKs with Newall & Wenman slotting in behind. Newall passed on lap 2 to drive to a win, however Wenman took up the challenge & harassed Kennelly for lap after lap, until finally succeeding in passing on lap 15. This battle earned Kennelly ‘Drive of the Day’ award for holding off a more modified car, although Wenman  shared the accolades for an exciting drive. In Class B, Ottley took the honours from Zwolinski, who was praying for rain to suit his wet weather skills. A few drops did fall during the race but not enough to dampen the track. Pinchbeck enjoyed a good dice with the Cooper Bobtail & Carr enjoyed an excellent first outing in the XK120.


Results .

 Overall – Winner Rob Newall (XK120 FHC), 2nd Andrew Wenman (XK120), 3rd (Paul Kennally (XK150s)

Class A – Winner Paul Kennelly (XK150S),

Class B – Winner Geoff Ottley (XK120), Runner Up Kevin Zwolinski (XK140 FHC)

Class  C – Winner Rob Newall (XK120 FHC), 2nd Andew Wenman (XK120), 3rd Rob Pinchbeck (XK120)

 Photographs – Roger Gage & Chris Gage

 Terry Dye

Competition Secretary

Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Racing


Race Results

Fastest Laps

Fastest LapDriverClassRace Time
1.13.287Rob NewallClass C
1.13.815Andrew WenmanClass C
1.13.919Paul KennellyClass A

Results for Class A

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stPaul Kennelly1.13.919
2ndPaul Kennelly1.13.919

Results for Class B

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stGeoff Ottley1.16.417
2ndKevin Zwolinski1.16.639

Results for Class C

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stRob Newall1.13.287
2ndAndrew Wenman1.13.815
3rdRob Pinchbeck1.18.725

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JEC Jaguar XK Race 3 2018

Racing with the AMOC 50's Sports cars

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