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Jaguar return for Brundle on Regent Street 30 Jun 2004

Martin Brundle (GBR).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Nurburgring, Germany, Qualifying, 29 May 2004

Ex-Grand Prix driver Martin Brundle will be at the wheel of the Jaguar R5 for next week’s Formula One demonstration run on London’s Regent Street, the team have announced.

After visiting the Jaguar Racing factory in Milton Keynes on Tuesday for a seat-fitting, Brundle will undertake a one-day familiarisation exercise in the car next Monday at the Santa Pod Raceway track in North Bedfordshire.

Brundle and Jaguar last teamed up in 1990 when the British driver steered the marque to victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race, and finished a unique first and second at the 1991 Monza 1000kms, having co-driven both the team’s XJR14 cars.

"Jaguar approached me two weeks ago at the USA Grand Prix with the kind offer of driving their F1 car and I accepted it on the spot!” said Brundle. “I have a special relationship with Jaguar that first began in 1982 in the European Touring Car Championship and ended in the early 90's, the highlights including a World Driver's Championship and Daytona and Le Mans 24 hour victories.

“The thought of driving the Jaguar F1 car through the heart of London's West End is very exciting and together with my friends at Jaguar, I am sure we can put on an exciting show."

Eight of the ten Formula One teams are due to take part in the Regent Street event, which gets underway at 1800 local time on Tuesday July 06. All the drivers will be required to undertake a practice of the course in a road car prior to the Formula One runs and Brundle will use the 'Shaguar', as driven in the hit film ‘Austin Powers 3: Goldmember’.

Brundle made 158 Grand Prix starts between 1984 and 1996 for teams including Tyrrell, Brabham, Benetton, Ligier and McLaren. He scored a total of 98 world championship points, with nine podium appearances including second places in Italy in 1992 and Monaco in 1994. He is now a key member of ITV’s Formula One commentary team on British television.

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