The name of Jaguar is to return to international motor racing after an absence of many years.
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SPORT: MOTOR RACING
THIS FILM IS EMBARGOED FROM BEFORE 0001 HOURS 23 MARCH, 1976.
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Background: The name of Jaguar is to return to international motor racing after an absence of many years.
Leyland Cars (U.K.) announced on Tuesday (23 March) that it plans to contest the 1976 European Championship for Touring Cars with two Jaguar XJ5.3 coupes.
The all-British team will enter nine races between April and October, including the six hour race at Nurburgring in germany, Silverstone's Access Tourist Trophy, U.K., and the 24-Hours Francorchamps, France.
The Jaguar Company, which i snow a part of Leyland Cars, has not entered a works team in a race since 1956, although many private entries have successfully raced Jaguars since then.
The marque;'s greatest successes were in the 1950's and early 1950's and included five wins in the 24-Hour Le Mans classic, France.
The new team will be led by Ralph Broad, whose company, Broadspeed Engineering Limited has had great success in preparing Triumph Dolomite Sprints for Leyland.
The drivers are Derek Bell, winner of the Le MANS race last year; David Hobbs, a former Jaguar apprentice with wide racing experience; Andy Rouse, the current British Touring Car Series champion; and Steve Thompson who has raced Formula 5000 cars and production saloons in recent years.
Leyland decided the to develop a pure racing machine would take their activities too far away from what the public can buy, and so preferred to show what their production cars could do.
Thus, the Jaguar racers were developed by Broadspeed with the assistance of the Jaguar Engineering Department to comply with Group 2 International Racing regulations.
Their first race will be the Austrian Trophy event at Salzburgring on the 17th and 18th of April.