We love the Bathurst 12 hour, thats not unusual, we pretty much love all motorsport. This is Awesome though, ride onboard the #43 Schnitzer M6 GT3 pre dawn with Chaz Mostert as he sets the race lap record of 2:01.9575s... in the dark.
Below watch: The Jaguar Mark X launch video. The Mark X was the top-of-the-range saloon built by Jaguar, originally aimed at the United States market.
Below watch: Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy discuss the all new Jaguar V12 engine. Before Mr. Hassan and Mr. Mundy developed the Jaguar V12 they were responsible for the Coventry Climax engine.
Below watch: Jeremy Clarkson race a 5L V8 X351 Jaguar XJ against the rotation of the Earth itself.
Below watch: Tom Walkinshaw at work and listen to that awesome V12 during the 1985 James Hardie 1000.
Watching Lars Kern set a new record for the Nordshleife last month in the 911 GT2 RS at 6:47.3 was amazing however we were a little bored with all that downforce and cornering speed. Below watch Stefan Roser in the 911 Ruf "Yellow Bird" lap the Nordshleife in 8:05.80 in 1987... No helmet, no gloves, no fear...
We were in Tasmania last month and could not resist a stop in Longford to take a look at the old circuit which closed in 1968 and hosted the Australian Grand Prix in 1959 and 1965. Today a lot of it still exists and is quite accessible although a continuous lap is impossible. Frank Gardner was in awe of the place and said it made the Nürburgring look quite safe. These photos show the Tannery Straight, Tannery corner and what remains of the run up to the Long Bridge and Newry corner
Below: Tannery Straight Looking North:
Below: Tannery Straight Looking South:
Below: Tannery Straight Looking South from Tannery Corner:
Below: Tannery Corner:
Below: The Run up to Long Bridge:
Inspired by our visit to Longford this film 'Long Weekend at Longford' (1964) shows motor racing at its best. Through the streets and around the houses as international stars and local drivers compete for racing honours.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing earned its first championship points in style after a thrilling race where Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll finished in P4 and P8 respectively, in only the fourth FIA Formula E race for the British team.
The Jaguar duo scored 16 points and leaped one position in the Team Standings to ninth place.
The Jaguar I-TYPEs started alongside each other in P10 and P11 on the grid, and quickly got to grips with the warm and dusty circuit in the heart of Mexico City.
Both drivers stayed cool amidst the chaos around them to consistently battle within the top ten points-scoring places.
Mitch and Adam efficiently managed their race strategy, pit stops and energy, with Evans surviving heavy contact from a spinning competitor in the closing stages, to record a double points finish and the best result to date in the team’s debut season and learning year.
The newest team to join the all-electric Championship, Panasonic Jaguar Racing has worked hard between races, improving with each event by refining both the set-up of the cars and the team’s operations to the unique demands of a Formula E race day.
James Barclay, Team Director, Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “A great result for the team. We had a solid strategy today and kept our cool by managing our energy and racing hard. We’ve made another step forward since Buenos Aires and have learnt more valuable lessons. Both Adam and Mitch raced really well and showed pace when they needed to. To get ourselves to this position after only four races is a good sign of what is to come but we are very realistic on what we need to build on. It is a huge boost for everyone in the team and has put a skip in everyone’s step. For a new team it gives you energy and it is a bit of payback for the long hours and effort that everyone has put in. Monaco is going to be a really interesting race with both Mitch and Adam having raced in the principality before and we can’t wait to get to the European leg of the championship.”
Mitch Evans, #20: “ Today was a crazy race from lap one. I managed to overtake Esteban Gutierrez on the straight and lined up behind Adam. After the first safety car we got into a nice rhythm and I ran on really good energy levels and a strong pace. Adam and I were on slightly different strategies, which opened up the opportunity for me to overtake him. The race got quite juicy towards the end with both Mahindra cars and Nico Prost crashing into each other, I don’t know how my I-TYPE didn’t sustain any damage. I was very lucky. To finish with double points today is huge for the team. We came so close in Buenos Aires and everyone has worked incredibly hard since then, so it’s a massive reward for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing.”
Adam Carroll, #47: “For our fourth race ever, it’s a really positive day and reward for some long days. It’s a complete team effort and a fantastic day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Hopefully this is the start of more to come but we are also keeping our feet on the ground and we still have a lot to learn in this championship. The reality is this championship is very competitive, so to just score points, especially for a new team is a big achievement. So for both of us to score points today is absolutely brilliant."
Round five of the FIA Formula E Championship will take place in Monaco on 13 May.
Our favourite video of the month is Mark Skaife showing Michael Caruso around the car he drove to victory in the 1991 Bathurst 1000, the legendary Nissan GT-R R32. Amazing how technically advanced this 26 year old car is, no wonder it changed the landscape of Australian motorsport forever.