For the second year running Jaguar South Africa gave two of its customers chances to experience their very own F-TYPEs in ways that only professional racing drivers normally can.
The two lucky Golden Ticket winners, Jason Basterfield and Travis Briscoe, were flown to Kynsna not only to enjoy the VIP experience as guests at the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, but to participate in the actual competition in front of more than 17 000 spectators as racing drivers. Jason and Travis, both from Johannesburg, were chosen as the best drivers at a Jaguar F-TYPE customer experience day held at Kyalami in February.
“What an epic weekend,”said Jason Basterfield. “We were treated like royalty from the time we arrived until the time we left. From Team Jaguar’s pro drivers who offered us tips on racing lines up the hill, to the technical crew who looked after our tyres and made sure our windscreens were clean before every run, everyone involved was amazing.”
“Like many, I dreamed of being a racing driver as a young boy,”said Travis Briscoe.“This weekend was the closest I’ll ever get. I could hardly believe it when I was informed of what the prize would entail, and I can still hardly believe the experience I had now that it’s over.”
The Golden Ticket prize included airfares for Jason and Travis as well as their partners, accommodation at the luxurious Simola golf estate, shipment of their F-TYPEs to Knysna, entry fees to compete in the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, and all-access passes which allowed them use of all Jaguar VIP facilities at the event, which ran from 4 to 6 May. Jason and Travis both own Jaguar F-TYPE Coupés, which they were able to drive in anger up the 1.9km hillclimb course in various sessions over the weekend. With 3-litre Supercharged engines, the pair were placed in a particularly tough class, comprising an assortment of incredibly powerful supercar competitors. The prize winners were coached after each session by Jaguar’s professional drivers Dawie Olivier and Mark Cronje, who were entered into the race with 423kW F-TYPE SVR and XJR 575 models respectively.
Jason and Travis also had access to on-board data, which measured GPS position, G-forces, acceleration and braking in extremely accurate real-time. This recorded data was then used to adjust the drivers’ technique over the course of the weekend, with an aim to shave time from each pass up the hill as the event progressed.
The two customers ended up in a competition amongst themselves, swopping positions and challenging each other in a friendly duel. In the end the results were too close to call, but there is no doubt that both were the winners.
Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa said:
“Ultimately, it’s Jaguar’s customers who make South Africa’s premier motorsport event possible. We hope Jason and Travis cherished the experience as much as we value their business. Together we look forward to an even bigger and better Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in 2019.”