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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

Lotus Cup UK Race Report: Zolder 22-23/9

lotus cup zolder 2012 webIntroduction

With three rounds of the 2012 season remaining, Lotus Cup UK returned to Belgium, this time however, the former Grand Prix venue of Zolder. Steve Train headed to the circuit protecting a slim championship lead from teammates Paul McNeilly and BJ Chong, whilst Adrian Hall and Rob Fenn were both hoping to add to their victory tallies. In Production, Rob Boston would be aiming to extend his dominant form abroad.

Practice & Qualifying

Two practice sessions in damp but drying conditions were headed by Marcus Jewell and Lotus Cup Europe regular Jonathan Walker respectively, with over 25 seconds difference in lap time as the early autumn sun gently warmed the track during the morning. Fenn held second in both sessions, whilst there was drama for Hall in the later part, and he pulled off the circuit at the end of the pit straight.

Hall would play no part in qualifying, leaving Fenn to successfully battle the rest, led by Walker. However the latter’s 2-Eleven was more than a second adrift of the Motorsport Elise, whilst an Exige held third place. This was neither the GWS car, or Phill Capstick’s machine, which had pulled off late on with gearbox failure. Instead, another Lotus Cup Europe regular, Jean-Baptiste Meusnier, cemented his status as a Zolder specialist, albeit 2.3 seconds behind.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 07:36

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Lotus Festival 18/19th August 2012

elise trophy august 2012 webWith beautiful weather and large crowds the 2012 Lotus Festival promised much and did not fail to excite the thousands of spectators.

Elise Trophy Race 1

With Andrew Bentley having engine problems during qualifying and failing to make the start of race 1 it was always going to be a somewhat easier day at the office for Rob Boston and it was left to Craig Denman and Warren Scott to carry the fight for the other podium places.

Craig and Warren had a fine battle but while they squabbled with each other Boston drove off to a 23 second lead by the end of the race. Craig Denman came out on top on the race to the other podiums with a second place and Warren Scott in third.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 19:33

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Oulton Park 28/7 2012

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The Elise Trophy has been dominated in 2012 by one man: Rob Boston. The former Mazda MX5 Champion entered the series along with fellow roadster racer Tom Roche at the opening Silverstone round and despite losing out to Steve Quick in the first race, never looked back from the second encounter onwards. Victories at Brands Hatch and Castle Combe leave him in position to complete another double at Oulton Park.

However the Cheshire track is one of the country’s trickiest, with undulations and twisting bends that can catch out the best of drivers, especially when driving a car with a mid-engine layout. Ken Savage will be heading a list of drivers looking to depose the new king of Elise racing, whilst Oulton specialist Ben Hyland returns to the scene of his only victory in the series.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:06

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Victory for Deacon in Lotus Cup UK at Oulton Park

rob broston brands hatch may2012 webSimon Deacon made the most of a safety car period during the Oulton Park round of Lotus Cup UK, whilst problems for the GWS Exige and championship leader Steve Train helped him to take victory in the one hour race. GWS’ Jamie Stanley used local knowledge to build a useful lead after an early challenge from Adrian Hall faltered during the pitstop sequence. However team mate Glenn Sherwood was unable to hold onto the advantage and just as Train took the lead both were handed penalties for pitstop infringements.

Deacon headed fellow 2-Eleven runner Tom Chatterway, whilst title challengers BJ Chong and Paul McNeily took Open class honours in third from the Evora of Steve Williams and Martin Donnelly.

Rob Boston took the Production class win, which made up for a relatively unsuccessful day in the Elise Trophy, at least by his high standards. Heading for a runaway victory in race one, a late drama handed the win to Andrew Bentley, who took the second encounter on merit after fighting his way to the front from the reversed-grid.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 06:35

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Hall & Boston hatch wins at Brands

rob broston brands hatch may2012A race-long battle between Adrian Hall and David and Rob Fenn thrilled the Brands Hatch DTM crowd in Lotus Cup UK last Sunday. The pair were barely inches apart throughout the race and only separated during the pitstop sequence when Hall elected to come in early.

However a late race stoppage deprived spectators of a grandstand finish as Jamie Stanley chased down the leaders in the GWS Exige. Just as he was about to line up an attack on 2-Eleven class winner Marcus Jewell, Phil Capstick left the circuit in the other Exige Cup class car and was stranded in the gravel at Clearways. Chris Randall was also part of the action early on, taking pole and leading the initial stages but was stymied by a problem that saw him hand over to regular driver Campbell Cassidy after losing several laps in the pits.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:46

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