The 2017 Jaguar Classic Challenge Season Comes To An End

  • Finale of the 2017 Jaguar Classic Challenge season at Spa-Francorchamps
  • E-type duo Graeme and James Dodd take third victory
  • All E-type podium

Father and son pairing Graeme and James Dodd take their third victory in the five-race Jaguar Classic Challenge Season in their 1963 E-type. The final race took place at the renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium as part of the Six Hours of Spa race weekend. 33 cars entered the race, all with pre-1966 Appendix K specification Jaguars. At the start of the race, Andy Newall and Rhea Sautter were in pole position with their 1961 E-Type, with Chirs Milner and Nigel Greensall's car only two-seconds behind in second. The Dodds started in third position, with Marcus Oeynhausen lined up beside them in fourth place.

As the race began, Oeynhausen moved into first place and seemed to be set to win until a gearbox failure set him back. After the pitstop, James Dodd came out in first place with a luxurious 16 seconds to spare before the closest rival and continued to stretch that gap until the end, finishing over a minute before anyone else reached the chequered flag.

Each race on the 2017 Jaguar Classic Challenge saw a 'Driver of the Day' and 'Most Improved Driver' award presentation, with Tim Mogridge and Paul Castaldini winning each accolade respectively thanks to their gentlemanly conduct through the race and superb driving skills.

"The race was a great success and the car fortunately stayed strong. Dad has a good start and kept up the pace until the pitstops. When I took over, we had such a big lead that I could back off and save the car. it's our first season racing the E-type and overall it has gone very well, we're delighted."

James Dodd, Race Winner

"To see so many classic Jaguar cars lapping around this prestigious circuit, which has played host to some of the most exciting motorsport events across the decades, was a sight to behold. This has been a fantastic Jaguar Classic Challenge season and has concluded in a magnificent way."

Calum McKechnie, General Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Parts and Accessories