S he has already achieved seven successes in the long-distance classic what makes the big cats the most successful British brand at Le Mans. But in recent years the traditional brand has become quiet. The last overall victory of the XJR 12 trio Martin Brundle, John Nielsen and Price Cobb was already 20 years ago.
A Jaguar XKR RSR in LeMan's start
But that should change this year. According to the British announcement, the big cat will return to its hunting ground on June 12, 2010. The American team RSR will start an XKR in the GT2 class.
'We are very pleased that the Le Mans organizer ACO has reserved a starting place for this year's 24 hours ', explains team boss Paul Gentilozzi. 'This race is deeply rooted in the hearts of all motorsport fans, and for Jaguar the return to this track is something very special. We are lucky to be able to contest the race with a very experienced and fast driver crew - including the American Scott Pruett and the Belgian Marc Goosens. '
High expectations for the 75th anniversary
20 years after their last overall victory, the British are also celebrating their 75th anniversary. Anniversary of the Jaguar brand name. So now is the right time to return to the legendary slope on the Sarthe.
'The expectations of the Jaguar comeback will be high,' expects Gentilozzi. 'But we mustn't forget how strong the competition is - that's why a podium place won't just fall into our lap. Nevertheless, I can assure you that all members of the Jaguar RSR team will deliver 100 percent of their performance. I therefore ask today all British fans to make a pilgrimage to Le Mans and support the team with passion. '
Last Jaguar success at Le Mans 20 years ago