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Lotus Elise Trophy

Safe, friendly and financially viable race series for Lotus owners

During its inaugural season in 2007 the Elise Trophy became the fastest growing race series in Europe as well as the best supported club series thanks to the large number of Lotus Motorsport Enthusiasts following the action. It’s not just the number of cars or the fantastic support the series receives that makes the Elise Trophy the premier UK race series, the race calendar is one of the best in UK club motorsport: with races at all the major circuits such as Silverstone GP, Brands Hatch GP and Donington Park.

Elise Trophy competitors also have the chance to racing at Europe’s premier circuits such as Spa Francorchamps, Nurburgring and Le Mans as the Production class regulations in Lotus Cup Europe are identical to those of the Elise Trophy. Race days feature a 20 minute qualifying session plus two 20 minute races where the 2nd race grid is reversed from the top ten qualifying positions.

Lotus Elise Trophy

Elise Trophy Race Report: Brands Hatch Indy 18-19/5/2013

Introduction

DTM BH 130518 PSP1372-300x200For the fourth year in succession the Elise Trophy supported the annual DTM race at Brands Hatch and as the crowd cheered on home heroes Gary Paffett, Jamie Green and Andy Priaulx, there was plenty of action to look forward to from the Lotus boys.

Adam Gore and Luigi Mazza were the obvious favourites, with Craig Denman likely to be their closest challenger, whilst Phil Stratton-Lake and Clive Willis, Martin Wills and Adam Knight looked set for strong results.

Qualifying

Mazza and Gore disputed pole position, with the latter looking to have the advantage until he was surpassed by Mazza. However the fastest man was disqualified after failing post session checks and Gore inherited the front of the field.

Knight would start alongside on the front row, with Denman and Willis on the second row. A strong sixth place for Neil Livsey would see him next to Wills, whilst Stratton-Lake, Jon LaMaster, Nigel Hannam and Graeme Foley completed the top ten, which would be reversed for race two.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:47

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Lotus Cup UK Race Report: Silverstone GP 28/4/2013

Introduction

Lead-battle1-300x200Round two of the 2013 season took place on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, returning to the hour-long format but gaining an enlarged Production class grid as the Elise Trophy regulars joined in for the weekend.

With Jon Walker absent, Rob Fenn and Adrian Hall were looking for a more reliable run, However Liz Halliday and Jamie Stanley, now reunited with Glenn Sherwood, would also be buoyed by their strong performances last time out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:39

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Lotus Cup UK Race Report: Snetterton 300 7/4/2013

Introduction

The new Lotus Cup UK season kicked off at Snetterton, just a few miles down the road from the factory gates, as a bitterly cold April finally began to feel a little more spring-like. The new 300 circuit, with its combination of high speed straights and twisty infield, would stage the opening 90-minute encounter.

LCUK-start-300x200Both champions returned to the field but whilst Supersport’s Steve Train faced an increased field both in overall and the 2-Eleven class, Rob Boston was not expected to contest the full season, having graduated to the BTCC support package as part of the Jason Plato-headed KX Akademy. His Elise Trophy rival Andrew Bentley would be stepping up to V6 power alongside Adrian Lester in his Evora, whilst Lotus Cup Europe pacesetter Jon Walker entered the first Exige V6 to grace the championship. Both the Exige Cup and Open categories were also expanded, the latter with several Honda powered Exiges, whilst guest drivers included 6 Hour winner Michael Lyons teaming up with David Harvey in his 340R and GT racers Benji and Freddie Hetherington.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:39

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Elise Trophy Race Report: Snetterton 300 6/4/2013

Introduction

snappyracersG27P5448-300x200The Elise Trophy’s seventh season got underway at the Snetterton 300 circuit, and with last year’s star drivers Rob Boston and Andrew Bentley both moving on, the field was wide open. Returning to the fold, however, was Luigi Mazza, and ready to pick up from where he left off

Last season’s most consistent act, Craig Denman would also start as favourite, along with Ken Savage and several other familiar faces, including Phil Stratton-Lake, Martin Wills and John LaMaster. After a seemingly eternal winter, an unseasonably cold April began to warm up as the drivers headed to Norfolk

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:44

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Lotus Cup UK Race Report: Snetterton 300 28/10

rob fenn webIntroduction

The final round of the 2012 season would see the SuperSport champion crowned and with dropped scores taken into account, the battle would be very close, with potentially just a few points separating the leaders and the 2-Eleven runners of leader Steve Train, Tom Chatterway and Simon Deacon in the pound seats. However another win for Rob Fenn would strengthen his challenge too.

Meanwhile, despite being out of contention, Adrian Hall would be staking his claim for the most wins in the season against Fenn, so an intriguing contest was in prospect. The Production title had already been claimed at Donington in Rob Boston’s favour, and this would be a chance for him to add yet another victory to his total.

Practice & Qualifying

Jamie Stanley boosted co-driver Glenn Sherwood’s title hopes with a strong performance in practice, whilst a few places behind, potential winners Rob Fenn and Adrian Hall lapped within a couple of seconds of each other. Steve Train was fastest of the 2-Eleven runners and was some way ahead of his rivals.

The long Snetterton 300 lap gave the two driver teams a lot of pressure to deal with over the twenty minute session, with just a couple of attempts to make the difference if both were to spend time in the car. Fenn put in an early lap to top the session by more than a second from David Harvey’s 340R, which for this weekend he was sharing with GT and historic ace Michael Lyons. Martin Donnelly had jumped ship to share Adrian Lester’s Evora, the sole V6 machine in the field, and sat in third early on from Hall and Jewell.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:27

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