Gary Pearson drove his Jaguar D Type to third position in the Le Mans Legend race that took place just hours before the start of last weekend’s Le Mans 24-Hour Race, writes James Beckett.
Alex Buncombe moved his Lister-Jaguar into the lead at the start of the race, and for much of the opening lap Pearson was involved in a side-by-side battle with Anthony Reid driving a similar Jagaur D Type.
However a small mechanical problem forced Reid’s car out of the running, and Pearson was left to chase Buncombe and the Lister-Jaguar of Jon Minshaw ahead of him.
As the race progressed Pearson was caught and passed by Roger Wills in his Iso, but on the last lap Pearson was able to reclaim the placing with a fine overtaking pass to capture a well-deserved podium finish.
Afterwards, he said: “Racing at Le Mans is always very special. This is such a great track and to have the opportunity to race a Jaguar D Type at Le Mans is terrific – it is a great feeling to drive such a famous car down the Mulsanne Straight and to be able stand on the podium here at Le Mans. I am already looking forward to the next time.”