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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.

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Elise Trophy Race Report: Silverstone 14/4


The 2012 Elise Trophy season entry list has seen the series continue to evolve in a distinct direction from Lotus Cup UK, with a host of new names taking to the track at Silverstone in support of the FIA Formula Two Championship.

Amongst the familiar favourites of Ken Savage (now sporting the coveted number one on his car), Steve Quick, Stuart Rowland and Craig Denman, MX5 champions Tom Roche and Rob Boston are sure to be on the pace, as will Time Attack, Britcar and Lotus specialist Steve Guglielmi.


Roche was immediately on the pace in his series debut, however it was Rowland who posted the first headline lap time, the cars lapping the Arena circuit in two-and-a-half minutes. Warren Scott picked up from his impressive form late last year, as did Martin Wills, whilst newcomer Boston impressed with an early second place from Steve Quick.

Meanwhile series regulars Ken Savage and Craig Denman were sitting in the lower reaches of the top ten, ordinarily a fine achievement in a 43-car field, however these are drivers used to winning. As Savage tried to improve, his liberal use of the track attracted the attention of the stewards and he was shown a warning flag. Rowland, too was losing out, his pole position stolen by Boston and his front row start from Quick.

In the final moments several drivers were posting personal best times, but there was little evidence of a late upset. Indeed, Boston held onto his pole position, by a highly impressive 1.2 seconds from Quick, Rowland and Scott. Roche, debutant Andrew Bentley, Wills, Savage, Denman and Guglielmi completed a top ten with a very different look for the opening race of 2012.

Race One

Boston made a good start when the lights went out but Quick’s was better and as they exited Copse it was the yellow Elise that led the field. Meanwhile Boston was under attack from Scott as they entered Becketts, with Rowland assuming fourth place behind them. Scott kept up the attack as Bentley took fourth place from Rowland, however the place was soon regained and for the opening laps Quick was given a little breathing space as the second, third and fourth men disputed the order.

Quick, however, was unable to clear the pack and his driving was a demonstration of defensiveness, often taking a slow line into corners to gain the advantage on exit. This had the desired effect of backing his immediate chasers into the field, thus leaving them vulnerable to attack if they had any thoughts of progressing up the order.

Meanwhile further back, Savage was making amends for his relatively lowly starting position and in seventh place by lap three, headed towards the leading pack, with Wills the first target. Behind him, Denman, Guglielmi, LaMaster, Stothert, Hay, Stratton-Lake and Livsey fought it out in the next group as the field separated into a series of fierce squabbles.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 06:42

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