21 cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Geneva (18): the Jaguar XJR 12 (1991)
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21 cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Geneva (18): the Jaguar XJR 12 (1991)

In partnership with Rolex, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show (March 6 to 16) 21 cars in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Among them, the Jaguar XJR 12 in 1991.

Three decades after the winning streak of the Type D, the generation of XJR prototypes marked the grand return of Jaguar at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the mid-1980s, with two victories (1988 and 1990) that put to an end Porsche's domination, undefeated from 1981 to 1987. In 1990, the XJR 12 achieved a seventh win in La Sarthe for the British manufacturer, with at the wheel Price Cobb, Martin Brundle and John Nielsen.

 

June 22 & 23, 1991: 59th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Jaguar race results
Second: Davy Jones-Michel Ferté-Raul Boesel (No. 35)
Third: Bob Wollek-Kenny Acheson-Teo Fabi (No. 34)
Fourth: Andy Wallace-Derek Warwick-John Nielsen (No. 33)
Retired: David Leslie-Jeff Krosnoff-Mauro Martini (No. 36)

Note
-In 1991, three XJR 12 cars ended up grouped behind the first Japanese manufacturer to win at Le Mans: Mazda.
-The 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans also included the debut of the Peugeot 905, victorious in 1992 and 1993.

Jean-Philippe Doret / ACO

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