Archie Hamilton lands Jaguar I-PACE VIP drive for Paris

Archie Hamilton will make his return to the cockpit later this month, driving the #1 Jaguar VIP car at round six of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY in Paris.

Hamilton, who has not actively competed in motorsport since 2015, has contested a variety of championships including Formula Renault and the Porsche Carerra Cup, as well as racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The 28-year-old Briton most recently drove in the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship with Gulf Racing and Team SARD Morand. 

With Hamilton's grandfather, Duncan Hamilton, forming one part of the 1953 Le Mans-winning crew behind the wheel of a Jaguar C-Type, the driver's return to racing with the British marque on the streets of Paris is more than appropriate:

"It’s a special opportunity to be able to walk in similar footsteps to your grandfather," said Hamilton.

"It’s amazing to think he competed with Jaguar in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans and now I’m stepping into the innovative Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecar in Paris.

"I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see what electric street racing is really like; I have watched the previous races, but that is nothing compared to racing the car itself.”

By racing in Paris, Hamilton will become the fifth different driver this year to drive the Jaguar VIP car, with Alice Powell, Salvador Duran, Darryl O'Young and David Cheng previously occupying the seat. 

Jaguar is yet to confirm its VIP driver for the Rome E-Prix next weekend.