Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry is to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Jaguar’s XJR-9 Le Mans victory by having the iconic car take part in demonstration laps on the Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
The XJR-9, kitted out in its iconic race livery, will be reunited with winning driver Andy Wallace and will swap the Mulsanne straight for Coventry’s Toyo Tires sprint circuit in what promises to be one of the great spectacles of the festival weekend.
The XJR-9’s appearance at MotoFest Coventry will mark 30 years since its glorious victory at Le Mans in which its three man driving team of Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace completed 394 laps and covered a distance of 5332.79km (3313,63 miles) to secure victory in the world’s most prestigious endurance race.
It will be joined at this year’s MotoFest Coventry event by a select group of motorsport marvels from Jaguar’s illustrious racing past including the TWR XJS, winner of the European Touring Car Championship in 1984 and the Group 44 E-type which won the US SCCA Championship in 1975.
The 393 RW – 1956 Long Nose D-type, sixth at Le Mans and winner of the Reims 12 hour race will also feature along with support cars that include a XJS Police car complete with blues and twos, a 2015 Project 7 pre-prototype and a 2015 XJR saloon, which has been used as a ‘Nurburgring Taxi’ in the past.
James Noble, MotoFest Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Jaguar XJR-9’s 1988 Le Mans victory by having this iconic car run and its winning driver Andy Wallace at MotoFest Coventry.
“The Jaguar brand is such an important part of Coventry’s motoring heritage and we give thanks to the Jaguar Historic Trust for bringing such a fantastic selection of vehicles from their collection to run on the Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
“This is another fantastic coup for MotoFest 2018 and will simply add to what is already shaping up to be the biggest and best MotoFest ever staged.”
MotoFest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events at MotoFest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.