JD Classics’ hugely successful Bastos Rover SD1 and Group 44 Jaguar XJS will both take to the hillclimbGP2 driver Jordan King, endurance racer Alex Buncombe and ex-touring car racer Steve Soper will be driving for JD Classics
This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, JD Classics will be thrilling the crowds with two of its most successful racing cars on the hillclimb – a Bastos Rover SD1 and a Group 44 Jaguar XJS.
Both of the JD Classics hillclimb cars have impeccable racing histories, but more importantly for the Goodwood crowd, the XJS and SD1 are ferocious and loud, fitting perfectly with this year’s theme of ‘Flat-out and Fearless’.
The Group 44 XJS uses a 5.3-litre V12 engine, putting out more than 500hp and allowing for a top speed just shy of 200mph. Stripped-out and with countless racing modifications over the road going car, this XJS is a spectacular sight.
JD Classics’ Bastos Rover SD1 was one of the most successful touring cars of its era, campaigned by Tom Walkinshaw, Win Percy and Jeff Allam. In the 1986 European Touring Car championship it took outright wins at Monza and Donington, along with five other podium finishes.
JD Classics will have a crack team of expert racing drivers piloting its cars up the hill, including GP2 racer and Manor F1 development driver, Jordan King. Sharing the Group 44 Jaguar XJS with Jordan will be endurance racer Alex Buncombe, who is currently competing in the International V8 Supercars Championship.
Taking the wheel of JD Classic’s Bastos Rover SD1 will be ex-touring and sports car driver, Steve Soper who has victories at the 24 Hours of Spa and 24 Hours Nürburging to his name.
JD Classics has long supported the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the team’s massively successful Ford Cologne Capri racer the focal point in 2014. At the 2013 event JD Classics’ Lancia Aurelia B24S won the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’Elegance at Goodwood, revealing JD Classics’ expertise at concours-winning restorations as well as historic racing.
JD Classics Managing Director Derek Hood said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is such a fantastic British motoring event, and this year’s theme of ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ is something we can really get behind. We’ve got three of Britain’s best drivers taking to the hill in some incredibly powerful British racing cars, so it’s going to be a spectacular sight for the crowds.”