JD Classics headed to the Alps for the third modern-day running of the Bernina Gran Turismo. Competing with a total of six cars, the JD Classics team continued their winning streak, with an overall victory and three class wins.
The first practice runs kicked off on Saturday morning, allowing drivers to get to grips with the 5.7km climb, taking in more than 50 curves and a height difference of almost 450m. Timed runs were set for the afternoon, with Chris Ward taking the wheel of the team’s Goodwood Revival-winning Ford GT40, JD Classics founder Derek Hood in the Austin Healey 100S and an AC Ace and 1950 Frazer Nash driven by JD Classics’ customers Steve and Thomas Ward.
With dry and sunny weather, Chris Ward set off for his first timed run in the GT40 and headed straight to the top of the timings sheet, with a 3:20.3 run. Ward’s second run of the day was quicker still, with a time of 3:18.8 – the fastest of the day.
Sunday’s competitive runs up the hill were marred by wet and occasionally snowy weather. As a result, Chris Ward’s earlier 3:18.8 time in the GT40 remained fastest of the weekend, granting JD Classics overall victory in the 2017 running of the Bernina Gran Turismo.