Jaguar Heritage Racing is celebrating a double win at this weekend’s AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, with Alex Buncombe successfully campaigning both the C-type and E-type on the Grand Prix circuit.
Saturday’s Gentleman Drivers Race, featuring period GT race cars built before 1965, saw Alex beat off stiff competition in a very close 50-minute race. Despite Alex qualifying in pole position, he saw his advantage snatched away as he got stuck behind other entrants on the grid and ultimately had to start from the pits. He soon got back to the front of the pack and went on to win in the race-proven 1961 E-type, which carries the registration: ‘1196 WK’.
Jaguar Heritage Racing’s second victory of the weekend came on Sunday in the Two Seater GT race (1960/1961 with Le Mans start), which Alex won in a C-type once owned by Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
Alex said: “What a fantastic weekend for Jaguar, and for me personally. I won the E-type Challenge race here in 2012, so to come back this year and win again is extremely satisfying, especially in the circumstances where I lost my pole advantage to congestion on the grid. The victory in the C-type was equally as sweet, and I feel very privileged to be part of this great Jaguar Heritage Racing team in such significant historic race cars.”
The Jaguar Heritage Racing team also entered a MkII, which raced on the Friday in the AvD Historic Marathon on the Nordschleife, finishing third in class after 210 minutes of racing.
Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andy Wallace featured in the Mk II driver line-up and said:
“It was my first time racing on the Nordschleife, so I’m very pleased with our performance on Friday. The opportunity to race on this historic circuit in such a beautifully prepared Jaguar Mk II was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute. The rest of the weekend belonged to Alex, and all credit to him for some really fantastic finishes. Jaguar race cars have a very special place in my heart, and I feel very privileged to continue racing these legendary vehicles – they never fail to astound, and that goes for drivers and spectators alike.”