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Race Reports

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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Voyce lifts the fog and doubles up at Snetterton

mark hales webSituated deep inside the Norfolk flatlands lays Snetterton circuit, the venue for the 2012 finale of the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA UK Ltd.

With the weather predicted as "fine" and temperatures set to be tepid we had high hopes for our final outing of the season. A thrilling final was assured with many looking to romp home ahead of their rivals and find bragging rights for the last time in 2012. To ensure no one was disappointed Mark Hales had been enlisted to liven up the running using the same car Tom Onslow-Cole used last time out in Donington. So the scene was set and those who arrived on Saturday settled in for the night and prepared themselves for the day to come.

Sunday morning greeted us with an unwelcome and unexpected guest; fog! So thick was the lingering mist that it could only be described as soup, visibility was reduced down to only a handful of meters and it soon became pretty obvious that no one would be heading out for Qualifying on time. A decision was made early on to abandon timed runs for qualifying and the course safety car lead out the competitors for three untimed sighting laps at a controlled pace. Of course without timed laps to reference a grid order would need to be determined, for championships this is a simple task, line the cars up in order of championship position. A different method would need to be found for our competitors, as championship status will not be awarded to us until 2013. Series Director Paul McErlean had a plan though and a cunning one at that. Firing up a spreadsheet he has used to keep tabs on the drivers for 2012 he was able to bash together some fancy mathematics and determine a grid line up using the drivers own statistics. This allowed a grid to be formed and agreed based on the positions different drivers would usually qualify and made sure that they started in a grid slot they were comfortable with, the only unknown for this system was Mark Hales who was gifted sixth position due to his known race craft. Following this system for allocating grid positions Andrew Tsang would lead the pack with Stephen Roberts for company. Ryan Bensley and Stuart Voyce would start directly behind leaving Mark Hales with Kevin Denwood for company in fifth.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 November 2012 11:17

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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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