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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.

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.

Race One

Gore led the race from start to finish, whilst behind him there was plenty of action.

Mazza was instantly on a charge and was quickly scything through the field, helped no doubt by the close door-to-door racing in the midfield. This didn’t help Livsey or Wills’ cause though as they both suffered from early spins. The latter had just taken fourth place before his spin at Clearways dropped him to seventh. He recovered to finish fifth, though Livsey wasn’t so fortunate, coming home in 15th place.

Willis was the subject of much of Mazza’s attentions as the race went on, and he duly spun entering Clark Curve, finishing up in the gravel. This ended his afternoon and hopes of a podium. Mazza then set his sights on second placed Knight, and after a look down the inside of Clark Curve that gave him a brush with grass, he nipped up the inside and into second before the exit of Paddock Hill Bend to secure second.

Gore was too far up the road with too little time left, though Mazza made a dent in the lead to finish 3.457 seconds adrift. Knight comfortably finished in third ahead of Denman and the recovering Willis.

Race Two

A storming start from Stratton-Lake gave him the early lead as he nipped down the inside of Foley as Wills, Hannam, Livsey, Willis and Gore on lap one. The race one winner quickly got down to the business of making up places as the race progressed, whilst Mazza was making his way forward, up to tenth by lap two.

Wills and Foley squabbled for second place, and as the former pushed ahead, he posed a huge threat to the leader. One lap later he outwitted Stratton-Lake into Clearways to head the field as Gore entered the picture.

Foley was then shuffled down the order and with Hannam now third, all attempts to wrest second from Stratton-Lake played into Gore’s hands, at least until Mazza drew level. Willis got stuck in too, and as Hannam drove the world’s widest Elise, Gore and Mazza disputed the right to attack him. Mazza was pushed wide by Willis and with dirty tyres endured a few wild moments as the latter surged ahead into third.

Stratton-Lake then slowed, letting the four chasing cars through and Mazza finally made it to second on the next lap, free of the others. Will Price joined in the fight for third place as Mazza attacked Wills for the lead. It was taken on the outside of Paddock Hill on lap 15, just as Gore was collected by Hannam at the same corner.

Meanwhile as Price fell out of contention, Craig Denman was on the march, taking third from Willis. This was the final move of a breathless fight for the podium and Mazza cruised to the win. Willis held fourth from Matthias Radestock, who had driven a consistent race, Foley, Jose Palazon, Paul Baker, Livsey and Seth Walpole.

Conclusion

DTM BH 130518 PSP1798-300x200Gore and Mazza remain the class of the field but the two races didn’t fail to entertain the DTM crowd, especially the second encounter which saw some fantastic racing. Stratton-Lake continues to endure moments of both joy and despair at Brands Hatch, Wills was strong as ever, and Willis continues to impress but it’s Denman that has the knack of bringing home the results once again.

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