2013 Lotus Greater China Races
Lotus first competed for honours at the Macau Grand Prix in 1959 and upon that foundation went on to win five successive championships in the early sixties.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix, this year’s event will be a two-weekend Diamond Jubilee celebration with the first weekend set for November 9th - 10th and the second from 14th - 17th November. Lotus Hong Kong is proud to announce it has been invited to organize the first ever ‘Lotus Greater China Race’ which will take place on the renowned Guia street circuit alongside the three headline events, including the F3 Grand Prix itself.
In preparation for the main event, there will be a series of track days and training sessions at the prestigious Guangdong International Circuit at Da Wang, Sihui, in Zhaoqing City, just outside the provincial capital of Guangzhou in southern China. Two qualification races will also be held at this track.
In keeping with the ‘Greater China’ title, drivers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) will be invited to compete against some of their Asian counterparts. In order to ensure a level playing field for competition, all vehicles will be equipped and modified to the same specification and fitted with the same racing tyres.
The one-make emphasis on the race precludes any modifications to the chassis or engine so all participants will be essentially driving the same Lotus Elise 1.6 Club Racer.
Lotus Hong Kong has ambitious plans for building on this year’s inaugural programme with a one-make Asian series that will take place in several countries in 2014.
In 1964 Royal Hong Kong Police Inspector, Albert Poon won the Grand Prix, with his Lotus Type 23. Albert is now aged 77, still an excellent and competitive driver and will race this years Lotus Greater China Road Race – 49 years on from when he won the Macau GP. He is a real legend in motorsport. Racing alongside Albert will be Kevin Chen (ex-WTCC), Michael Ho (ex-Macau F3), Nattavude (Thai GT Bike Racer) and Nattavude's eighteen-year-old daughter, Nat Jun.