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Little Classics News: 18 June 2015

Ex-Fangio C-Type Takes Class Win at Le Mans

JD Classics’ ex-Fangio C-Type

JD Classics’ unstoppable ex-Fangio C-Type took home a class win at Le Mans Legend this year, followed swiftly by the team’s Jaguar T33 in second place. This latest feat is the classic Jag’s 22nd award in 25 races.

Le Mans Legend organisers this year broadened the event’s eligibility criteria, allowing high-powered Ford GT40s and Cobras to compete. Nevertheless, JD Classics’ entries each put in impressive qualifying performances, with the Costin Lister, driven by JD Classics’ own racing driver Chris Ward sitting 8th in a field of 62.

Not far behind was the team’s Lightweight E-Type driven by Steve Soper, which qualified in 12th place, followed by the ex-Fangio C-Type with John Young at the wheel and the Cooper T33 driven by JD Classics’ Managing Director Derek Hood. Wil Arif in the team’s XK120 rounded out a strong qualifying performance.

JD Classics’ Le Mans Legend entries

Following Thursday’s qualifying, the JD Classics Competition Department set about preparing all of its cars for the race, which kicked off on Saturday morning. Three GT40s led the pack as the race got underway with a rolling start, and Chris Ward drove the Lister Costin brilliantly up to fifth place, despite being down on power compared with the cars ahead.

An issue with the car saw the Lister Costin fall back down the field while the other JD Classics’ entries battled hard in the top half of a competitive pack. After four laps, JD Classics had performed the mandatory minute-long pit stop on all their entries, leaving them to race to the finish line.

It was the Lightweight E-Type that came home first for JD Classics, rounding out a top 10 that included seven of the much more powerful GT40s and Cobras.

The ex-Fangio C-Type topped its class with the Cooper T33 coming in just behind, giving JD Classics an incredible one-two finish in the 1949-1954 class.

JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood said: “This year’s Le Mans Legend field was undoubtedly the toughest it’s ever been, so our C-Type and Cooper T33 completing a class one-two finish is something we’re extremely proud of.”



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