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Lotus Cup UK Championships to go down to the wire at Snetterton

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:00
Simon Deacon heads into the final round of the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport championship with a lead of just seven points over Jamie Stanley, however with 51 points on offer the top 15 drivers remain in mathematical contention for overall honours.

Championship rules demand that all drivers must drop the lowest scoring round from their total, however the top seven have all failed to add to their total at least once this season. With 19 points separating them, there is everything to play for at Snetterton on 26/27 October.

Third place at Donington was enough to keep Deacon at the top of the standings after his closest rival finished further down the order, but Stanley was able to score highly in the Exige Cup class. Meanwhile his rival lost out to fellow 2-Eleven runners Steve Train and Ken Savage, who finished 1-2 after a thrilling battle that lasted throughout the hour-long race. All four drivers now top the standings.

Erstwhile championship leaders Jeff Mileham and Stephen Guglielmi are 18 points off the lead after a strong finish, whilst troubles late on stymied Rob Fenn’s championship charge, leaving him a further point adrift. Exige Cup runners Phil Capstick and Matt Bartlett are next, followed by David Harvey.

Five drivers retain a chance of the Production championship after both Andy Napier and Stuart Plotnek endured troubles at Donington. Napier’s finish has actually extended his lead, now over Andrew Wright, to ten points. Unlike the top two Plotnek will be able to drop his non-score, however whilst his deficit to the leader is 25 points, Napier’s worst score is just 16. Penultimate round winner Adam Gore is 30 points in arrears, 17 ahead of Jon LaMaster.

The 120-minute race at Snetterton will see all drivers who complete the first hour scoring championship points according to their position at the time, with a bonus 15 points awarded to all finishers. This should ensure that the championships will go down to the wire!

Snetterton also hosts the final Elise Trophy rounds of the season. At Donington Andrew Bentley capitalised on a clash between Luigi Mazza and Gore to win the opening encounter, in which Mazza took second and Dave Carr third. Gore got his revenge later on, winning from the reversed top ten start to defeat Mazza and Bentley.

Simon Deacon leads the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport standings with one round remaining
Simon Deacon leads the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport standings with one round remaining
Andy Napier heads the Production championship going into the final round
Andy Napier heads the Production championship going into the final round

Steve Train celebrates a win at Donington with Ken Savage (left) and Simon Deacon (right)
Steve Train celebrates a win at Donington with Ken Savage (left) and Simon Deacon (right)
Adam Gore (9), won the Production class and also shared the Elise Trophy wins with Andrew Bentley (86)
Adam Gore (9), won the Production class and also shared the Elise Trophy wins with Andrew Bentley (86)


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