Two Jaguar XKRs will be taking part in the final round of the 2008 FIA GT3 Championships at the Dubai Autodrome on 5th and 6th December.
The 5.39 long circuit includes one of the longest straights in the series, and is ideally suited to the V8 supercharged XKR. Driver teams of Robert Hissom and Phil Quaife, and Chris Dymond paired with Stuart Hall are keen to demonstrate the capability of the 4.2 litre V8 Jaguar on this unique circuit, particularly as the XKR enjoys a reputation for outstanding speed in a straight line.
Hall, who achieved a podium finish with the Jaguar in the first race of the season at Silverstone, is part of the ‘Rising Star’ driver training scheme sponsored by the BRDC. Hall is keen to demonstrate the awesome power of the Apex Jaguar during the two hour-long races on the Dubai circuit, having enjoyed a season in the Endurance Series where he took 4th at Le Mans and was awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’. Partnering Hall is 21 year old Chris Dymond. Dymond started racing karts aged 12, winning the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship. In 2006 Chris moved to cars, taking nine wins in the Fiat Racing Challenge, before moving to the Renault Clio Cup in 2007 where he achieved five podiums, as well being acclaimed as Rookie of the Year.
The second Apex V8 supercharged XKR will be driven by Phil Quaife and Robert Hisson. Quaife is another BRDC ‘Rising Star’, who has won multiple championships, including the 2006 Porsche Carrera Cup GB title. His partner in the gunmetal-grey Jaguar XKR is American semi-pro driver Hissom, who joined the FIA championship in 2007 in the Kreyern Racing Stealth GT4 car.