Button to race Jaguar XJR-9 at Le Mans classic

Rachit Thukral
This article first appeared on autosport.com

One-time Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 prototype in this year’s Le Mans Classic Group C race in July.

Button’s participation in the July 6-8 event will mark his first race outing at Le Mans.

News of Button’s Jaguar outing followed an announcement from Honda earlier on Friday that revealed how the Briton would fit into its Super GT line-up this year.

The XJR-9 made its debut in 1998 and won the Daytona 24 Hours at its first attempt, with Martin Brundle,Raul Boesel, John Nielsen and Jan Lammers at the wheel.

It also won the Le Mans 24 Hours that year, which was Jaguar’s first victory in the endurance race since 1957.

The car took a total of seven wins from the 11-race World Sportscar Championship season in 1989, giving Jaguar the teams’ Prototype title, while Brundle also clinched the drivers’ crown.

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