Everybody loves a track day challenge. The popularity of Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car is testament to the successful formula of pitting celebrities against each other as part of a track day.
So, when former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle set a track time of 1.07.70 at Silverstone in a Jaguar XKR as part of the Jaguar Hot Laps event, the UK’s top athletes were queuing up to try to beat it.
Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Steve Redgrave, boxer James DeGale and hurdlers Andy Turner and Tasha Danvers were all lucky enough to drive the high-performance XKR around the famous race track.
However, none of the athletes could get within 12 seconds of Brundle, with Sir Chris Hoy recording the best time of 1.19.87. James DeGale and Dame Kelly Holmes finished second and third respectively.
Sir Chris Hoy said: "I drive an XKR on the road and it was great to push one to the limit at Silverstone. It has been an amazing experience and I would like to thank Jaguar and everybody at the Academy of Sport."
The athletes are not the first to take out a Jaguar car on the track. Recently England cricketers Eoin Morgan, Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook test drove a new Jaguar XJ as part of the brand’s partnership with the England Cricket team.
Which gives us an excuse to show this:
The Jaguar XKR has been around a while now and comes with Jaguar’s exceptional supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine delivering 510PS.
This translates to a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. Jaguar has also released an optional speed pack for the model complete with 20" alloy wheels, exterior styling touches and a revised top speed of 173mph.
Now when do we get invited down to the track to have a go?