For the first race meeting of the new season M & C Wilkinson had three E-Types competing in the HSCC Guards Trophy meeting at Donington. The weather prospects did not look promising with snow forecast for most of the day!
The three M & C Wilkinson E-Types
This particular Guards Trophy race amalgamated the “Sports Racing” cars with the “GT” cars meaning we could not fight for overall victory against the higher calibre Chevron B8’s etc. Despite the predicted weather it managed to stay dry for most of the morning until ten minutes before qualifying when the snow finally appeared!
Chris at the wheel of XAN 555
The snow fell heavy during the entire session, mixing the grid order somewhat by the end. By the time the flag fell Chris had qualified 7th Overall, 5th in the GT Class & 2nd in Class C2 and Jamie was right behind him 8th overall, 5th in the GT Class & 3rd in Class C2. Finally Alistair making his debut in these treacherous conditions took in very carefully in his newly built E-Type coming in 21st overall, 12th in the GT Class & 7th in Class C2.
After lunch the weather was cold but dry, meaning far more suitable conditions for the Guards Trophy race at the end of the day. A standing start saw Chris make the best start of our three cars chasing and staying in touch with the two leading GT cars of Nick Fleming (Lotus Elan) and Mike Whitaker (TVR Griffith). Jamie was slightly further back tussling for position with several cars and Alistair was slowly moving through the field and improving his pace lap by lap.
Chris and Jamie side by side on the grid
Fifteen minutes into the race the safety car appeared, in came Jamie immediately for his compulsory one minute stop with Alistair not far behind, Chris came past the pits and was shown the “In” from the pit wall but by the time he returned back round the safety car had come in and racing had resumed meaning he would have to stop during race conditions.
When racing had resumed Jamie was now third overall and first in class, having managed to make the best use of the safety car period, putting him straight into contention for a GT class podium. Alistair by this time was really starting to find a rhythm moving up the field at a rapid rate of knots and setting a good pace.
Jamie leading the GT class following his one minute stop
Once Chris had pitted and served his one minute stop he returned to the track well down the order with a mountain to climb to try and regain his position prior to the safety car. Try as he might he could not reduce the gap despite making up several places on other competitors.
So when the chequered flag fell it was Jamie who finished 7th Overall and 3rd in the GT class, Chris was 10th overall and 4th in the GT Class and Alistair 14th overall and 7th in the GT Class. A great result for the team and in particular Jamie for his GT class podium!
Jamie leaving the podium with his trophy to discuss the race with mike
May we mention this gave the M & C Team a first, second and third in Class C2 against the other C2 competitors (E-Types Austin Healey 3000’s etc) our three drivers fastest laps were a minimum of three seconds quicker than the other competing E-Type Jaguars, so another great display of pace from our cars!
Finally special thanks to all customers who came and supported us despite the weather and for supplying some of the photos featured on our report!