Walkinshaw son drives TWR XJS at Goodwood

Monday, July 7, 2014

TWR XJS team at Mugello

After narrowly missing out in the 1983 season, the TWR Jaguar Racing Team swept all before them in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship with seven victories. This led to Jaguar and driver Tom Walkinshaw being crowned ETCC champions.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this famous victory, Jaguar Heritage invited Sean Walkinshaw, Tom's youngest son, to come and drive his late father's championship winning TWR XJS at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Although only 20 years old, Sean is already in his second season of racing in the Euroformula Open F3 championship, currently driving a Dallara F312.  Sean was lined up for two drives up the famous Goodwood hill on the Sunday of the Festival weekend (June 29). Although admitting to some nerves as it was his first ever visit to Goodwood and first outing in a 'tin-top' racing car, Sean quickly settled into the mighty V12 XJS, still dressed in its original TWR livery, and enjoyed his two runs up the hill in front of the packed grandstands.

Sean in XJS

Sean and Martine with XJSSean was accompanied by his mother Martine who was given the opportunity to have a ride back down the hill squeezed into the passenger side of the XJS alongside Sean - an emotional experience for both of them.  Based on his prowess in the TWR XJS, Sean was also invited to drive the 1974 ex Bob Tullius Group 44 V12 E-type which was part of Jaguar Heritage's five car line-up at the Festival - an opportunity he quickly accepted!  

Sean in Group 44 E-type

In addition to competing in the Euroformula Open, Sean is also following in his father's footsteps by running his own racing team - Sean Walkinshaw Racing - which is currently running three cars in the brand new BRDC Formula 4 Championship.  For further information, visit Sean's website by clicking here.