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Walker takes a commanding double at Lotus Festival Jon Walker charged to a brace of victories as Lotus Cup Europe’s penultimate round played out to a crowd of Lotus owners and fans at the annual Lotus Festival. With the Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy series also on the bill, along with Formula 1 demonstrations and a Lotus Cortina 50th anniversary race, several UK drivers also took part. This included Andrew Bentley, who starred in a Lotus Evora that started from the back of the grid in both contests. However it was not enough to defeat Walker, who maintained a steady gap to the rest and was able to pull away at will. Christophe Lisandre starred in qualifying but was unable to resist the V6 cars of Greg Rasse and Nikolaj Ipsen. Meanwhile Jeremy Lourenco and John Rasse, driving Xavier Georges 2-Eleven for the weekend, both featured well in the opening encounter. Bentley took a top ten finish in the opening encounter but it was race two that showed his mettle. Despite recovering from a broken wrist, he jumped straight out of his race-winning Elise Trophy car and into the Evora at the opposite end of the grid. In the top ten within a few minutes of the start, he was second by mid-distance and gave Walker cause to increase his pace. The Production class battle was fought between pace-setter Thomas Dehaibe and Britain’s Charlotte Burridge. Dehaibe was the winner on the road in both races, but had passed under a yellow flag in the opening encounter, so Burridge took the spoils.
6-powered cars dominated proceedings as Lotus Cup Europe returned to Germany. Jon Walker powered his Exige to two close victories from Evora-mounted Gregory Rasse at Hockenheim, with Nikolaj Ipsen’s Exige and Thierry Verheist’s Evora completing the top four. The 2-Eleven of Jean-Pierre Genoud-Prachex and Herbert Mezker’s four-cylinder Exige prevented Nick Walker making it a V6 top five lockout in race one and two respectively. The pair celebrated with class victories in both races, whilst David Harvey’s Open class win places the veteran’s 340R second in the title race overall behind Rasse. Thomas Dehaibe continued his winning form in the Production class, whilst Laurent Feve and Charlotte Burridge completed both class podiums. The next round of Lotus Cup Europe will be a non-championship race with Lotus Cup UK at Spa-Francorchamps on 11-13 July.
Jon Walker powered the Exige V6 Cup to victory in its debut race on the Snetterton 300 circuit yesterday (7 April), as the 2013 Lotus Cup UK season got underway. The Lotus Cup Europe pacesetter was unable to match polesitter and early leader Michael Lyons for outright speed, but timed his pitstop to perfection. Returning to a clear track, he was in position to pounce when Lyons handed the 340R over to owner David Harvey in the final half hour, before an alternator issue ended their challenge. Jamie Stanley in the GWS Exige was next to attack, closing to within a second after a late race safety car period, but retired on the final lap with loss of drive. However he had done enough to take class honours. This left the overall runner-up position to be disputed between the 2-Elevens of Liz Halliday, Simon Deacon and Tom Chatterway. The trio ran in close company throughout the race, with the lead changing several times, until a final skirmish during which Chatterway spun several times into retirement. Halliday then held off Deacon to the flag, completing a strong performance. Last year’s Production champion and KX Akademy driver Rob Boston returned to race with newcomer Adam Gore, but despite setting a scorching pace, the pair retired with engine failure. This left another tight battle that was eventually won by Andy Napier. The Open Class was taken by Steve Guglielmi and Jeff Mileham, in a 90-minute race of attrition that also accounted for Rob Fenn, just when he was in position to challenge for the overall victory. On the previous day Luigi Mazza had returned to the Elise Trophy after a year’s sabbatical and immediately picked up where he left off, with a dominant win in race two. He picked off his opponents in the early corners of the 300 circuit to take the lead from eighth place on the reversed top ten grid, and pulled away from a fierce battle for second that was eventually taken by Martin Wills. However in the earlier encounter Mazza could only finish runner-up to new pacesetter Gore. Despite tripping up on an oil spillage, and losing the lead to Mazza at mid-distance, a well-judged pass at Murrays late on sealed the win. A delighted Matthias Radestock completed the podium in both races. Kevin Ritson, Press Officer, LoTRDC