The Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy 2013 calendars have been unveiled, with both series sharing the bill once more. The season will start and end at Snetterton, just a few miles from the Lotus factory gates, with a 2 hour race into the night with bonus points on offer expected to produce a dramatic conclusion to the Lotus Cup UK championship battle.
In between these rounds both series will visit the UK’s best race circuits including the Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park Grand Prix circuits, plus Oulton Park, whilst there is a welcome return to Cadwell Park for the Elise Trophy. Meanwhile Lotus Cup UK competitors will visit the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in July. Both series will also support the DTM championship at Brands Hatch in May, whilst headlining the annual Lotus Festival at the same venue in August.
The popular end-of-season endurance race also returns in 2013, running to the 6 hour format that proved to be a success earlier this month.
LoTRDC’s Paul Golding said: “The Lotus Cup UK Championship goes from strength to strength and we expect capacity grids once again in 2013. We’ve ensured that our calendar allows drivers to race at the best circuits in the country, plus the opportunity to race at prestigious meetings. Meanwhile having Elise Trophy races at many of the events provides the opportunity to compete in both series.”
Lotus Cup UK 2013 Calendar
7 April - Snetterton 300
28 April - Silverstone GP
17-19 May - Brands Hatch Indy (DTM)
15 June - Oulton Park (90 minute race)
11-13 July - Spa Francorchamps
24-25 August - Brands Hatch GP (Lotus Festival)
29 September - Donington Park GP
26-27 October - Snetterton 300 (120 minute into the night race)
Elise Trophy 2013 Calendar
6 April - Snetterton 300
28 April - Silverstone GP
18/19 May - Brands Hatch Indy (DTM)
15 June - Oulton Park
20 July - Cadwell Park
24/25 August - Brands Hatch GP (Lotus Festival)
28 September - Donington Park GP
26 October - Snetterton 300
9 November - Lotus 6 Hour
|Lotus Cup UK races on into 2013 with an eight race calendar||The Elise Trophy will share the bill at many Lotus Cup UK rounds, with many drivers entering both series||
The Lotus Festival also returns in 2013, with more F1 demonstrations expected amongst the entertainment
The John Danby Racing Go Green Motorsport Elise completed a strong season by adding the Lotus 6 Hour race to a string of Lotus Cup UK victories at Brands Hatch yesterday (10 November).
Father- and-son pairing David and Rob Fenn were joined by GT and historic ace Michael Lyons, who staged a storming comeback in the final 90 minutes after a lighting issue cost the team time in the pits.
An early challenge by the Apex Tubulars outfit faded when Campbell Cassidy damaged the Europa, raced to a leading position by Chris Randall and Sean Edwards. Meanwhile Lotus Cup UK SuperSport champion Steve Train and Mark Fullalove suffered mechanical troubles late on in their 2- Eleven. The CAST team, with Clio Cup champion Jack Goff on board, and Hoffmans, with Michael and Will Schryver, plus Radical champion James Littlejohn on the driving strength, also featured strongly but were unable to offer consistent opposition.
Ultimately it was the Fox team, winners of the 2010 Lotus 1000km, that came closest to the win, BJ Chong and Paul McNeilly sharing with Jamie Stanley this time. The latter was unable to resist Lyons’ attack, and although the pair clashed at Druids this only delayed the inevitable, and the margin of victory was nearly a lap of the Indy circuit. In third place was the Combat Laser Games team of Doug and Chris Setters, plus Radical racer and former Elise Trophy competitor Chris Headlam.
In the Elise Trophy class, 2011 Lotus Cup UK champion Steve Quick and Andrew Wright brought the Team ODRIC entry across the line ahead of Q-MECH, consisting of Craig Denman and Andy Sandford. Both squads had been close towards the end but a late safety car left a lap between them, ending the latter’s chances. 15 of the 22 starters were classified at the finish, with 352 laps recorded by the winner.
|The Apex Tubulars Europa leads CAST and John Danbt Racing at the start||Elise Trophy winner Team ODRIC (1) and overall race winner John Danby Racing race into dusk||L-R: Rob Fenn, Michael Lyons and David Fenn celebrate victory in the Lotus 6 Hour race|
Adrian Hall held off the Go Green Motorsport Elise of Rob Fenn and British GT racer Adam Wilcox to win the Lotus Cup UK race at Brands Hatch, the headline event of the 2012 Lotus Festival. A large crowd watched the contest, which was shortened by a late red flag stoppage. An incident-packed encounter saw two safety car periods, but the winner soaked up the pressure. Mark Gooday took third place in his 2-Eleven, with Steve Williams and Martin Donnelly the V6 winners and Phill Capstick and Jack Goff the leading Exige Cup runners.
Rob Boston took Production honours and also returned to winning ways in the Elise Trophy. Whilst he was dominant in race one, Andrew Bentley challenged him all the way to the flag in the second encounter. The Oulton Park winner held the early lead but a safety car intervention, which coincided with a surprise rain shower, gave Boston the chance to attack and despite handing back the lead late
on, took the flag by three-tenths of a second.
Elsewhere demonstrations of classic F1 and rally cars, Lotus’ latest products including the T125 and new Exige V6 Cup, plus displays from over 20 clubs proved just how much affection there is for the marque. A 50th anniversary race was staged for the Lotus Elan, whilst many owner examples joined Elites, Elises, Sevens, Esprits, Europas and more for track parades.
Rob Boston returned to winning ways
| Donnelly drove the Lotus 102 that he
raced in 1990 during on-track F1 demos
| Adrian Hall led the Lotus Cup UK race
from start to finish
Simon Deacon made the most of a safety car period during the Oulton Park round of Lotus Cup UK, whilst problems for the GWS Exige and championship leader Steve Train helped him to take victory in the one hour race. GWS’ Jamie Stanley used local knowledge to build a useful lead after an early challenge from Adrian Hall faltered during the pitstop sequence. However team mate Glenn Sherwood was unable to hold onto the advantage and just as Train took the lead both were handed penalties for pitstop infringements.
Deacon headed fellow 2-Eleven runner Tom Chatterway, whilst title challengers BJ Chong and Paul McNeily took Open class honours in third from the Evora of Steve Williams and Martin Donnelly. Rob Boston took the Production class win, which made up for a relatively unsuccessful day in the Elise Trophy, at least by his high standards. Heading for a runaway victory in race one, a late drama handed the win to Andrew Bentley, who took the second encounter on merit after fighting his way to the front from the reversed-grid.
A race-long battle between Adrian Hall and David and Rob Fenn thrilled the Brands Hatch DTM crowd in Lotus Cup UK last Sunday. The pair were barely inches apart throughout the race and only separated during the pitstop sequence when Hall elected to come in early.
However a late race stoppage deprived spectators of a grandstand finish as Jamie Stanley chased down the leaders in the GWS Exige. Just as he was about to line up an attack on 2-Eleven class winner Marcus Jewell, Phil Capstick left the circuit in the other Exige Cup class car and was stranded in the gravel at Paddock Hill. Chris Randall was also part of the action early on, taking pole and leading the initial stages but was stymied by a problem that saw him hand over to regular driver Campbell Cassidy after losing several laps in the pits.
Rob Boston won the Production class and dominated the Elise Trophy races, which were incident packed affairs. An accident on the approach to Paddock Hill at the start brought out the safety car but only delayed Boston’s inevitable win from Craig Denman and Stephen Guglielmi, whilst he powered through the field in the second encounter to lead fellow MX5 convert Tom Roche and Ken Savage, who fought hard for their places. Fierce battles throughout the field provided plenty of excitement.
The Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy seasons got underway at Silverstone on 15-16 April, supporting the FIA Formula Two Championship and provided three closly-fought contests, characterised by packed grids.
A huge Elise Trophy field of 43 cars qualified for the two Saturday races, with many new faces joining the regulars. Former MX5 racer Rob Boston provided the biggest upset, taking pole position by more than a second from Steve Quick. With battles all around the Grand Prix circuit, the lead was fiercely disputed, with most of the top ten in contention. Boston led for much of the first race but a move by Quick in the dying moments handed him his first victory of the year. Despite a reverse top ten grid for race two, the key protagonists from race one conspired to create another thrilling contest, with the tables turned when late leader Quick endured a big moment at Abbey on the final lap, giving Boston the win.
In Lotus Cup UK, James Barclay joined Rob Fenn in the Go Green Motorsport Elise to challenge the new Martin Donnelly/Steve Williams Evora. Poleman Adrian Hall only lasted a few laps and with Donnelly at the wheel for the first stint, the V6 held a handy lead in the early stages. However a brief rain spell just before the pit window opened closed the gap, with Barclay taking the lead as he handed over to Fenn. Williams was unable to provide an answer to the leader's pace and by the flag the deficit was over 30 seconds.
2-Eleven leader Steve Train took third place late on and challenged for second on a spellbinding final lap, taking the place as Williams had his hands full of Simon Deacon's 2-Eleven, eventually salvaging third place. Boston added to his Elise Trophy victory by setting the Production class pace but a pitstop outside the window handed the win to defending champion Steve Quick.
Martin Wills leads Elise Trophy race winners Steve Quick and Rob Boston during one of several intense battles (left) and Martin Donnelly leads James Barclay in the Lotus Cup UK race (right).
Image top and above Courtesy Snappyracers
Image courtesy of Les Slater
Launched in 2011 with huge grids unrivalled in British motorsport. Lotus Cup UK is aimed at drivers who want all the benefits of a Championship, alongside longer 60-90 minute races that include exciting pit stops.
With 8 rounds at the very best UK circuits in addition to a visit to Zolder, there really is no better Championship in which to race. Prestigious events in 2012 include DTM, Formula 2 and FIA European Truck GP.
The five classes ensure that the vast majority of Lotus race cars can compete, from the Elise Trophy Production cars up to 2-Elevens.
This seasons first race took place on 15 April at Silverstone.
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