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Jaguar Returns to Le Mans 2010 With JaguarRSR XKR GT2 - Web Exclusive

Feb 4, 2010

2010 marks Jaguar’s 75th anniversary of both road and racecars. And in order to continue the great heritage, Jaguar has confirmed it will return to the Le Mans 24 hour race this year. With a total of seven wins between 1951 and 1990, Jaguar is the single most successful British make in the history of the race. It will return with an XKR GT2 run by JaguarRSR.

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Paul Gentilozzi, Principal Partner at JaguarRSR commented: “We are delighted the ACO has granted us entry in the prestigious event. It is a race held dearly in the hearts of motorsport fans across the world, and for Jaguar to be racing there again is something special."

The team will bring Scott Pruett and Marc Goossens as drivers for this race. Gentilozzi himself will drive the XKR GT2 in the 2010 American Le Mans Series.

CJ O'Donnell, Global Marketing Director of Jaguar Cars said: “Motorsport has always been important to the Jaguar brand. Our domination of Le Mans in the 1950s was a foundation on which the company developed. It was 20 years ago that Jaguar last won Le Mans with a TWR Jaguar Sport entry driven by John Nielsen, Price Cobb and Martin Brundle. Returning to Le Mans will re-ignite excitement for the marque across the globe, all the more poignant in our 75th year.”

In 1951, the C-type won Le Mans at its first attempt, with a further victory in 1953. The D-type took Le Mans wins in 1955, 1956 and 1957 while this racing success was followed in 1988 with the Jaguar XJR-9LM, a V12-powered Group C racecar. Another outright victory would follow in 1990 with the Jaguar XJR-12.

Jaguar’s Wins at Le Mans 24-hour:
YearModelDriversNotes (distance and average speed)
1951C-typePeter Walker, Peter WhiteheadFirst Jaguar win; 2,244 miles, 93mph
1953C-typeTony Rolt, Duncan Hamilton2,540 miles, 106mph
1955D-typeMike Hawthorn, Ivor Bueb2,570 miles, 107mph
1956D-typeRon Flockhart, Ninian SandersonEcurie Ecosse entry; 2,507 miles, 104mph
1957D-typeRon Flockhart, Ivor BuebEcurie Ecosse entry; 2,732 miles, 114mph
1988XJR-9LMJan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries, Andy WallaceTWR Jaguar Sport entry; 394 laps, 3,313 miles, 138mph
1990XJR-12John Nielsen, Price Cobb, Martin BrundleTWR Jaguar Sport entry; 359 laps, 3,034 miles, 127mph



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