Martin Melling and Graeme Dodd win the second round of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge

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Melling and Dodd win the second round of the Jaguar HeritageThe pairing of Martin Melling and Graeme Dodd took the chequered flag at the second race of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge series at the Silverstone International Trophy yesterday.

Melling and Dodd (Class E) driving their 1961 E-type, were pushed all the way to the finish line by four other competitive teams from the start – with the lead changing hands on several occasions. Andrew Kirkaldy and Martin O’Connell – winners of the inaugural Jaguar Heritage Challenge at Donington – set the early pace in their E-type up until the pitlane opened for the first driver change.

As the race wore on, Melling and Dodd stayed in the leading pack and began to establish a good rhythm.  After two retirements to rival cars fighting it out with the pair at the front of the field, they eventually crossed the line and take the top step on the podium.

Commenting on the race Grahame White, CEO of the Historic Sports Car Club, said: “Watching the race was tremendously entertaining as it was impossible to determine who would actually win the race up until the last corner. The Jaguar drivers made it yet another spectacular day of racing.”

The commentators’ ‘Driver of the Day’ went to Harry Wyndham who finished fourth overall.

The other class winners from the four other classes taking part in the Jaguar Heritage Challenge were Mark Donnor (Class A) driving a Jaguar XK120, 1988 Le Mans-winning driver Andy Wallace (Class B) in a MK1 saloon. Class C was won by the pair of Derek Weale and John Sykes in a C-type, while Bob Binfield in his E-type took Class D honours.

The third round of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge commences at Brands Hatch as part of the Brands Hatch Super Prix on 11-12 July, where the grid of Jaguar Heritage models will once again race wheel-to-wheel for overall honours.