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Jaguar XF SV8 competes in 2008 Mountain Rally - (Australia)
July 18th, 2008
The stunning new XF Jaguar, launched onto the Australian market just last month, competed this past weekend in this year's Mountain Rally organised by the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia.
Running in a field of seventy classic, veteran and modern sports cars the Supercharged V8 was driven by Jaguar Land Rover Australia's managing director David Blackhall. The mostly tarmac rally, an annual Jaguar Drivers Club event, ran through western New South Wales over two days and covered about 700 kilometres of classic Australian landscape. Organiser Gary Maher tested the field with a challenging mix of fast secondary roads and motorway and freeway driving, including a lap of the world famous Mt. Panorama circuit in Bathurst (photo).
Blackhall commented, "We believe this is the first time an XF has turned a wheel in anger anywhere in the world. It was a stunning drive that allowed us to showcase the entire dynamic range of this staggeringly competent chassis and powertrain combination. We didn't take the prize, but with only 9.5 points lost it was good result for the weekend. With a better driver we might have contended."
Organiser Garry Maher said "We can state with certainty that the 2008 Mountain Rally was the first time an XF Jaguar ran a lap at Mt. Panorama - that's quite an achievement for the Club and the marque."