Jaguar to Return To Le Mans

1988 Jaguar XJR 9 Le Mans 24 Hours

Autosport is reporting that Jaguar bosses have signed off a return to the Le Mans 24 Hour, a race that the British marque has won seven times.

Although the official line is that the Tata Motors owned company is “currently monitoring developments in world motorsport”, rumours are suggesting Tata chairman Ratan Tata and Jaguar’s top brass have already decided on a return to the fastest LMP1 class, although precisely when is still to be agreed.  The class has been dominated by Audi and Peugeot in recent years.

Jaguar has won Le Mans seven times, in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1988 and 1990.  This last win came the year before Jaguar quit the sport in favour of an ill fated foray into Formula 1, although the company has since worked with independent teams with entries in the lower classes, including a XK GT2 entry in 2010 — the car managed four laps before retiring.

Porsche has previously announced it will also be returning to the sport in 2014.

Car pictured is the 1988 Jaguar XJR 9.


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