Jenson Button to race at Le Mans Classic and Revival
The F1 star is teaming up with JD Classics to drive a Jaguar XJR9 at Le Mans Classics – and he's booked in for the Goodwood Revival too
Jenson Button is to race at Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival this year, with the JD Classics historic motorsport team.
In July, he will compete at Le Mans Classic in the Group C grid, driving Jaguar XJR-9 chassis #688 against cars such as the legendary Porsche 962C, Peugeot 905 EV1 and Nissan NPTi 90.
The XJR-9 that Button will be driving was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in 1988 to replace that year’s Le Mans-winning car. In July 1988 it was placed third at Brno, driven by Johnny Dumfries and Jan Lammers, while in September that year it finished second in the Spa 1000km driven by Dumfries, Lammers and Martin Brundle.
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In September, Button will return to Goodwood Revival, again with JD Classics. His choice of car isn't yet confirmed, but in previous years he's driven Ford GT40, Jaguar E-type Lightweight and Cooper T33 with the JD Classics team.
Button is one of the most experienced drivers to have ever raced in Formula 1, with 306 race starts to his name – which puts him joint second with Michael Schumacher (Rubens Barrichello leads). Button began racing in F1 in 2000 with Williams, becoming the youngest driver at the time to ever score a point in F1.
Button went on to race with Benetton, Renault and BAR. it was with BAR that he achieved a third-place finish in the 2004 Drivers’ Championship. This was followed by three years at Honda before, in 2009, the team became Brawn GP – and Button once again too the Formula 1 World Championship. In 2010, Button moved to McLaren, and stayed with them until the end of the 2016 season, when he took a break from F1.
He's had a close association with JD Classics for several years, with the company looking after his collection of road cars at its 155,000 sq/ft (and 75-staff strong) headquarters in Maldon, Essex. At Le Mans Classics will provide Jenson with the same race support offered to its customers, including vehicle transport and technical assistance before, during and after the race.
The JD Classics Competition Department is one of the most successful classic motorsport outfit in the world, with victories at Spa Six Hours, Goodwood Members’ Meeting, Monaco Historique, Donington Historic Festival and Silverstone Classic. The team also hosts the largest single entry into the Mille Miglia, with ten entrants for the 2018 edition.
At the last running of Le Mans Classic in 2016, the JD Classics team claimed four victories, a podium finish and a pole position. In the 2017 Goodwood Revival, the team achieved one win and two second-place finishes.
JD Classics is a main sponsor of both Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival, and will be hosting guests and VIPs for a number of exclusive opportunities across both race weekends.
Derek Hood, JD Classics founder, said: 'It’s an absolute pleasure for us to have Jenson racing with us twice this season. I know the talented engineers working in our race shop in Maldon are some of the best in the world so Jenson will have all the technical support he needs.
'We’re proud sponsors of both Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival because we believe they deliver some of the best historic motorsport action on the calendar – having Jenson racing at both just goes to show why.'
For more information, visit the JD Classics website.
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