2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will take part in this year’s Le Mans Classic and the Goodwood Revival, driving with JD Classics.
In July at Le Mans, he’ll drive in the Group C races in Jaguar XJR-9 Chassis #688, which was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in 1988 to replace that year’s Le Mans-winning car, and which has a number of incredible competition results to its name.
In July 1988 chassis #688 (pictured below in period) finished third at Brno, driven by Johnny Dumfries and Jan Lammers, while in September that year it was driven to second at the Spa 1000km by Dumfries, Lammers and Martin Brundle.
Button will then race with JD Classics at the Goodwood Revival in September, though which car he will drive hasn’t been confirmed yet.
“It’s an absolute pleasure for us to have Jenson racing with us twice this season,” said Derek Hood, JD Classics founder.
“I know the talented engineers working in our race shop in Maldon are some of the best in the world so Jenson will have all the technical support he needs. We’re proud sponsors of both Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival because we believe they deliver some of the best historic motorsport action on the calendar, having Jenson racing at both just goes to show why.”
This story of Button racing at the Le Mans Classic was first revealed on DSC back in January, though the race organisers jumped the gun with the announcement before papers were signed.