The first one-make race series for the freshly-developed Jaguar F-Type GT4 racing car has been announced. The Series Elite championship is targeting “high net worth individuals” – all of whom must be at least 50 years of age.
Offering “more mature drivers an opportunity to compete on a level playing field”, the turn-key race series is aiming to field a grid of 20 cars when it holds its inaugural event in autumn 2018. The plan is for a six double-header race championship in 2019.
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“Currently there is no series that caters specifically for older drivers who want to compete at a high level with like-minded racers,” said series director, Graeme Glew.
He said that although competitors will buy their own cars, everything else will be done for them – including preparation, transport, arranging hospitality plus sorting travel and accommodation. “With time at a premium, it will allow drivers to fulfil their desire to go racing with minimal effort and fit (it) into their busy lifestyle.”
The race series will extend further too, offering competitors the chance to take part in flash lifestyle events away from race weekends – and “expand the race experience into new areas, such as ice driving”.
Both amateur and more experienced drivers are welcomed with a training, testing and race experience programme tailored to suit.
The Jaguars will all be stored at a central race prep facility. They’re FIA GT4-spec cars, based on the 200mph F-Type SVR and originally developed for Invictus Games Racing. Apparently, said JLR director of vehicle personalisation Greg Clark, “the concept and series profile is an obvious fit for Jaguar”.
The first race will be held at Brands Hatch on October 27-28, and expand to events at Silverstone, Donington and Rockingham in 2019 – with an end-of-season international finale also being planned.