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Deacon and Napier are crowned Lotus Cup UK Champions as Kershaw wins in the dark

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 12:45
Simon Deacon and Andy Napier claimed the SuperSport and Production championships respectively in an incident-packed final round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK season at Snetterton yesterday (Sunday 27 October)

The Lotus Cup UK final round gets underwayPoleman Ken Savage battled with Steve Train, Ben Hetherington and Jamie Stanley in the opening laps, but the former two retired early on under an extended safety car period caused by Rob Fenn's stranded Elise and then a further incident at the initial restart. This gave Deacon and Napier a boost in their title aspirations as full points were awarded after the first hour.

The pace settled down in the second half of the race, with the key contenders concentrating on classifying at the finish, and the 15 bonus points awarded to each driver running at the end. This gave the guesting Gavan Kershaw a perfect opportunity to stamp his authority on the proceedings, after team mate Ossy Yusuf handed the Evora over to him during the earlier safety car period. Even a penalty for a pitstop infringement couldn't spoil the result, with Production class winners Craig Denman and Dave Carr taking their class despite a similar delay.

Adam Gore and Andrew Bentley dominated the concluding round of the Elise Trophy which took place the day before, taking a win apiece. Bentley took pole position in a rain-disrupted session, but Gore fought back in the opening race to take the lead at mid-distance, which he held to the flag. The pair fought to the front of the second encounter, but this time Bentley was wise to the challenge and took the victory. Craig Denman was on for a pair of podium places but retired from race two, leaving front row starter Neil Stothert to claim the position.

Gavan Kershaw takes the flag in the Lotus Cup UK race

Gavan Kershaw takes the flag in the Lotus Cup UK race

Andy Napier crosses the line to take the Lotus Cup UK Production championship

Andy Napier crosses the line to take the Lotus Cup UK Production championship

Simon Deacon celebrates the SuperSport championship

Simon Deacon celebrates the SuperSport championship

Andrew Bentley (86) and Adam Gore (9) duel in the Elise Trophy

Andrew Bentley (86) and Adam Gore (9) duel in the Elise Trophy

Images courtesy of snappyracers.com