Lloyd Relaunches Apex With GT3 Jaguar
Richard Lloyd's Apex Motorsport, in association with new partner
Harry Handkammer, is developing Jaguar's new XKR Coupe for use in
the FIA GT3 Championship in 2007.
Apex’s most recent racing achievement was
with Bentley, at Le Mans – the overall win in 2003.
was obvious to us that the Jaguar name was missing from the list
of GT3 contenders, and we aim to put that right," said Richard
Lloyd, himself a formidable racer in decades past. "We believe
the new XK has huge potential, and we plan to have at least the
required six race cars ready for the first event in the 2007 season."
Development will commence immediately at Apex's
Buckingham race shop.
The Apex race activities are independent of Jaguar
- this is not a factory motorsport programme - but in accordance
with FIA GT rules, Apex has the premium brand's blessing to compete.
Stuart Dyble, Jaguar Board Director and Vice President,
Communications and Public Affairs, Premier Automotive Group and
Ford of Europe, said, "We welcome this initiative which will
result in production Jaguar sportscars being seen once again on
race circuits across Europe. We are just launching the all-new Jaguar
XKR road car and GT3 is the natural race series in which to compete.
We wish Apex every success."
Stephane Ratel welcomed Jaguar to the FIA GT3 grid:
"Jaguars in GT3 will further strengthen the appeal and excitement
of the series, and we very much look forward to seeing them in the
paddock and on the track."
Harry Handkammer's next 'outing' on the race track
will be with his BMW M3, at this weekend's Britcar 24 Hours - with
'star of Mosport' Guy Smith, David Leslie and Stuart Wright.