Bathurst’s 1000 kilometre race is a MUST DO every year because of the place if not the cars.
This year’s race was no exception, and you probably didn’t reality it, but Jaguar has very strong links to the Walkinshaw/Andretti Team which filled third place on the podium following an extraordinary race, even for Bathurst.
We know Jaguar inside out more than any other publication, so what are we talking about you may ask.
Obviously there is the Walkinshaw connection – Tom’s TWR outfit winning the race there for Jaguar in 1985. Tom and Win Percy finished third also, after leading for much of the event, and of course, a sister TWR Jaguar won with John Goss and Armin Hahne driving.
So what about this year? Well third place-getter James Courtney was Jaguar’s first Jaguar Racing Formula 1 Test driver. He returned to Australia following an horrific crash in testing.
… and his co-driver Jack Perkins? Well his very successful father drove the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9LM into fourth place at Le Mans in 1988, backing up the winning Jaguar.
So that is it – other than the fact winning team owner Dick Johnson owned an XJ12 and worked for Jaguar demonstrating their new cars at tracks around Australia with Allan Grice, while Roger Penske competed head to head driving against the Lwt E-Type in Europe in the early 1960s.
I don’t think I can find any more associations with this year’s race!
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