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  1. Nearly 90 cars from across the continent contested the Lotus Cup races at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, with Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe and Lotus Cup Eastern Europe all represented at the Belgian Grand Prix venue. A strong drive from Ken Savage earned him a Lotus Cup UK victory, heading Marcus Jewell home for a 2-Eleven one-two. Positter and early leader Fabio Randaccio was unable to complete the distance after succumbing to a fuel pump failure and with front row starter Rob Fenn falling back in the late stages due to a faulty sensor, Savage was best placed to take the spoils. Freddie Hetherington claimed the final podium position, heading the Exige class in his V6-powered machine, after passing reigning champion Simon Deacon and Open class winner Fenn after the pitstops. In the Production class, which included an Elise Trophy entry boosting the total grid to 44 cars, Adam Gore and Fulvio Mussi fought hard during the opening laps. The pair headed into Eau Rouge side-byside at one point, but Gore eventually asserted his authority and kept his car out of reach from his rival. An early pitstop helped catapult Stuart Ratcliffe and Anthony Dunn into third place after a penalty for Ryan Savage foiled his attempts to make it a double podium for the family. In Lotus Cup Europe, BTCC and Elise Trophy competitor Jack Goff took on the field and won the opening race, which also mustered a grid in excess of 40 cars, thanks to a contingent of Lotus Cup Eastern Europe drivers. Tyre problems for the V6 cars took both Greg Rasse and Jon Walker out of contention in the opener, but the Belgian driver was victorious in the second encounter after a battle with polesitter Nikolaj Ipsen. On this occasion both Goff and Fenn, who had elected to contest all three races, were forced out of the lead battle with issues. Denis van den Savel and Nicolas Ferrer took the Exige class victories, with second overall for the latter in the second encounter, whilst Jeremy Lorenco’s brace of 2-Eleven category wins boosts his title chances on a day when many of his main rivals hit trouble. Goff’s race two retirement handed David Harvey the Open category spoils. There was an entertaining pair of races for the Production runners, as reigning Lotus Cup Europe champion Thomas Dehaibe battled with Andrew Wright and Lotus Ladies’ Cup regular Adrienn Bende from Hungary. Dehaibe won the opener, but a drive-through for track limits was accidentally taken by Bende in the second, leaving Wright to take the spoils, whilst Dave Carr reached the podium on both occasions. Amongst the Lotus Cup Eastern Europe entry, European truck racer Benedek Major claimed the honours with 16th and 14th places in his Exige.
  2. Adrian Hall extended his lead in the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport championship after his third straight victory at Oulton Park. The Exige driver was beaten by fellow front row starter Fabio Randaccio at the start, however, and only returned to the front after Randaccio’s Europa clashed with a backmarker. Randaccio recovered to take second place, whilst Marcus Jewell took the 211 class and third overall. Adam Knight followed in fourth place and the Exige win after rival Adam Balon suffered mechanical troubles. Adam Gore completed the race in the top ten, taking the Production honours in the process from John LaMaster and Craig Denman. A tough race for Stuart Plotnek left him with just a four point advantage over Denman, LaMaster and James Little. Ten points covers the top seven as the championships head across the English Channel to Spa-Francorchamps next month. Gore also took a brace of wins over a huge Elise Trophy grid to give himself a commanding lead in the title standings after mixed results for main rivals Fulvio Mussi and Jack Goff. Mussi challenged for victory in the opening encounter and made his way past after the pair briefly touched, but sportingly gave the place back before the line. Gore’s team mate Jason Baker took a brace of podiums one year on from taking victory in Cheshire, whilst Stefan Donnelly, son of former F1 driver Martin, was ecstatic with third place in the second encounter, his highest so far.
  3. Adrian Hall benefitted from a penalty for main rival Chris Randall in the second round of the 2014 Lotus Cup UK championship at Silverstone this weekend (26 April). The pair had disputed both the race lead and Open class honours throughout a race disrupted by two safety car interventions, and it was a yellow flag infringement that settled the result, after Randall had looked to have asserted his authority over the poleman during a frantic dash for the chequered flag. Hall had taken the race lead from Randall before the first safety car, with round one winner and Exige class pacesetter Adam Balon also in the fight for victory. He put Lotus Cup Europe visitor Jonathan Walker in the shade, whilst reigning champion Simon Deacon boosted his title defence with the 2-Eleven category win and overall seventh place. Meanwhile Fulvio Mussi dominated the Production class after qualifying star Jack Goff was forced to start from the back of the huge 53-car grid for failing technical checks. Martin Wills was a strong second from Stuart Ratcliffe and co-driver Anthony Dunn. The next round of the Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy championships will take place at Rockingham on 24-25 May.
  4. Rising star Jack Goff took a weekend away from the British Touring Car Championship to race in LoTRDC’s three UK championships this weekend at Snetterton (5-6 April). The RCIB Insurance Racing Vauxhall Insignia driver was originally signed up to drive a car in the Elise Trophy, however he ended up taking part in the Lotus Cup UK endurance race and a Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship sprint, taking podiums in three of the contests! His busy weekend started on Saturday in the 90-minute Lotus Cup UK race on board an Exige with regular driver Phill Capstick, whom Goff has previously competed with in the championship. The pair eventually finished in seventh place, and fourth in class. The next day, Jack battled hard with GT racer Fulvio Mussi and club regular Adam Gore in the Elise Trophy, taking a brace of second place finishes. This was then followed with a round of the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship in a road-going Elise, where he posted another seventh place, this time third in class, despite having a 35bhp deficit to the fastest cars in his category. Speaking after the last of his commitments, Jack explained his exhaustive schedule: “(Lotus racing team) Datum Motorsport offered me a go in an Elise Production car in the Elise Trophy, and I jumped at the chance. Then Phill Capstick’s team mate pulled out of the Lotus Cup at the last minute, so he rang me on Thursday night and said: ‘fancy a go in that as well?’ Finally at the dinner table last night (sprint car owner) Emma Newman and (Lotus championship organiser) Paul Golding came up with a plan for me to do the sprint as well, so it’s been absolutely flat out this weekend, but it’s been really enjoyable!” “The cars have all been absolutely fantastic, I’ve had no issues at all, so Datum have done a brilliant job setting them up,” he continued. Comparing them to his regular mount, Jack, who races for the BTCC team run by former Elise Trophy competitor Warren Scott, quipped: “They’re a lot smaller, and feel like go-karts. I would really recommend anybody who wants to get into racing, or experienced people to have a go as well. I did keep an eye on my mirrors once or twice, waiting for someone to come down the grass locked up! There’s been some very close racing, especially between me, Fulvio Mussi and Adam Gore, but no contact at all, so it’s been brilliant. “You never stop learning wherever you go, I haven’t got masses of rear wheel drive experience, so to get some more laps under my belt in lots of different cars this week has been fantastic. Every lap counts really; to progress me, my technique and the cars as well. I’d jump at the chance to do it again, I’ve had a smile on my face all weekend, and there’s been no pressure.”
  5. The LoTRDC racing season got underway on the Snetterton 300 circuit this weekend (5-6 April), with the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship also joining the Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK. Adam Balon held off a race-long challenge from Adrian Hall to win a tense opening round of Lotus Cup UK. Whilst the early running was dominated by Ken Savage’s 2-Eleven, his car retired early on, and with Chris Randall’s Europa also suffering maladies, the race settled down to a duel between the two. Jack Goff had brought his four-cylinder Exige into contention, but co-driver Phill Capstick could not keep on terms with the leaders and fell to seventh, so the podium was completed by reigning champion Simon Deacon. The Production race was won by Gavan Kershaw on the Exige Cup R’s debut performance, after he demoted Jason Baker in the final moments of the 90-minute enduro. Meanwhile category polesitter Adam Gore was forced to retire early on. In the Elise Trophy’s inaugural championship round, Gore and Fulvio Mussi shared the victories, as the pair engaged in two highly entertaining contests with Goff. The BTCC’s rising star took a brace of second places, the first after running side-by-side with GT racer Mussi through Coram. The trio were in a class of their own, dominating both contests. Jon LaMaster claimed the honours in the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship sprint, with Class 1 victor and round one winner Xavier Brooke taking second overall. Brooke’s category win came despite having to abort his second run just before Agostini. Taking a third podium finish of the weekend was Goff, having made a last minute entry and posting seventh place overall, despite a 35bhp deficit to the top runners in his class.
  6. Simon Deacon and Andy Napier claimed the SuperSport and Production championships respectively in an incident-packed final round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK season at Snetterton yesterday (Sunday 27 October) Poleman Ken Savage battled with Steve Train, Ben Hetherington and Jamie Stanley in the opening laps, but the former two retired early on under an extended safety car period caused by Rob Fenn's stranded Elise and then a further incident at the initial restart. This gave Deacon and Napier a boost in their title aspirations as full points were awarded after the first hour. The pace settled down in the second half of the race, with the key contenders concentrating on classifying at the finish, and the 15 bonus points awarded to each driver running at the end. This gave the guesting Gavan Kershaw a perfect opportunity to stamp his authority on the proceedings, after team mate Ossy Yusuf handed the Evora over to him during the earlier safety car period. Even a penalty for a pitstop infringement couldn't spoil the result, with Production class winners Craig Denman and Dave Carr taking their class despite a similar delay. Adam Gore and Andrew Bentley dominated the concluding round of the Elise Trophy which took place the day before, taking a win apiece. Bentley took pole position in a rain-disrupted session, but Gore fought back in the opening race to take the lead at mid-distance, which he held to the flag. The pair fought to the front of the second encounter, but this time Bentley was wise to the challenge and took the victory. Craig Denman was on for a pair of podium places but retired from race two, leaving front row starter Neil Stothert to claim the position.
  7. Deacon takes emotional win at Lotus Festival as Denman and Bentley shine Simon Deacon took his Datum-Motorsport prepared 2-Eleven to an emotional victory in the Lotus Cup UK race at this year’s Lotus Festival, held once again on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The race took place in front of a crowd of Lotus owners and fans, and after demonstrations of Grand Prix-winning Lotus 49 and 91 cars, courtesy of Classic Team Lotus. Jamie Stanley led the initial laps before a brake problem sidelined his charge. Steve Train and Ken Savage’s 2-Elevens then took turns to lead but two safety car interventions just as the pitlane window opened kept the entire field on their toes. Savage retained his position at the front of the field but was passed by a charging Ben Hetherington, who looked to have the race in his pocket until he slowed just a few laps later. This left Deacon, a delayed Rob Fenn and Train to challenge for the honours and the former seized his opportunity with minutes to go. Fenn claimed second on the final lap to add to his Open class win, with the Exige class taken by Matt Bartlett and James Knight. An emotional Deacon said: “This race is dedicated to Anthony (Humphries of Datum Motorsport, who passed away days before the event), it was big shock to us all and the team rallied round, got everything together and this race is dedicated to him and his family, girlfriend and all the supporters that we’ve had.” The Production class was led by Adam Gore from title leader Andy Napier and Craig Denman but after the pitstops the latter led Stuart Plotnek and Dan Plant and they finished in that order. With a pitstop penalty for Napier the points chase has closed up after Plotnek’s high score. Denman also took victory in the opening Elise Trophy race after chasing and passing Andrew Bentley. However Bentley took his revenge in the second contest, with Lugi Mazza and Adam Gore in close attendance. Straight after his win, Bentley took second place in the Lotus Cup Europe race in Adrian Lester’s Evora, despite recovering from a broken wrist!
  8. Lights-to-flag win for Fenn at Spa Rob Fenn added another Lotus Cup UK victory to his collection as the championship visited Spa- Francorchamps. A large contingent of Lotus Cup Europe competitors joined in the action, including serial winner Gregory Rasse, who qualified at the front and provided an early challenge for the Englishman on the opening lap of the race. Using the Evora’s V6 power to pass Fenn’s Motorsport Elise, Rasse took the lead on the run out of Eau Rouge and was soon followed by the 2-Eleven of Marcus Jewell. However defending into La Source at the start of lap two, Jewell collided with Rasse, which gave Fenn a straightforward run to victory. This left Jamie Stanley holding a comfortable second place in the GWS Exige Cup, but a hard-fought third place was taken by Simon Deacon. The 2-Eleven racer was in eighth place at the end of lap one and worked his way up the field. Phillippe Loup was the best of the European drivers in fourth place, whilst ninth on the road for Jeff Mileham and Stephen Guglielmi was enough to hold onto the championship lead, however Stanley and Deacon are closing in on their total. Stuart Plotnek won the Production class battle after a fight with Adam Gore, who suffered a problem right at the end of the race, stopping short of the finish line. Second in class for Andy Napier ensures that he keeps hold of his title lead. The early stages also saw some impressive driving from BTCC regular Jack Goff, who jumped out of Neil Stothert’s car during the pitstops and into Phill Capstick’s Exige Cup car, thus finishing the race in 11th and 21st places! Lotus Cup UK returns to action at the Lotus Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 24-25 August.
  9. 2013 Lotus Cup UK - 2nd Round Race Report A thrilling battle for the lead of the second round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK Championship was fought between the Evora of Andrew Bentley and Marcus Jewell’s 2-Eleven, with the former taking the honours on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The pair fought from the very first lap, along with Adrian Hall, until he made the first of a series of unscheduled pitstops. The lead changed several times in the closing laps, and the margin of victory was little more than a second after an hour of racing. Simon Deacon completed the podium, finishing ahead of Rob Fenn and the Benji and Freddie Hetherington Exige, which grabbed fifth from Steve Train on the final corner of the race. Meanwhile Phil Capstick and Ben Brooks took the Exige Cup victory. A packed production field contained many Elise Trophy entries, however Adam Gore confirmed his status as the man to beat with a dominant performance that almost placed him in the overall top ten. Matthias Radestock and the combination of Andrew Wright and Nigel Greensall completed the class podium. The next Lotus Cup UK round takes place at Brands Hatch, supporting DTM on the Indy circuit on 17-19 May.
  10. 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
  11. Introduction 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. Lyons then lapped the 340R at a furious pace to topple the Fenn Elise by nearly two seconds. Jewell, too, improved his time to place himself third on the provisional grid. Then Donnelly took second, almost immediately beaten by Fenn, and on the next lap the team claimed the fastest time of all. However the 340R beat this time by a mere four hundredths of a second and as the flag came out, just one chance remained for both squads. The Fenn Elise was a second-and-a-half quicker around the three-mile track and the matter was resolved in their favour. Lyons and Harvey held on for second from Donnelly and Lester, with Jewell fourth. Hall took fifth place from championship leader Train. In the Production class, Boston, after suffering problems with his car in Elise Trophy qualifying, was in a fight with Ken Savage and Adam Knight, all three on the margins of the top ten. However Andrew Bentley took class pole and seventh place overall, from Exige Cup leaders Glenn Sherwood and Jamie Stanley. Mark Gooday was ninth, with title challenger Chatterway tenth. Deacon was down in fifteenth place and had his work cut out if he were to take the spoils. Race Fenn got a great run to Riches and Donnelly followed him on the inside, taking second place despite Lyons’ defence. The Evora was then through into first by the time the field reached Montreal, where Jewell’s race ended. As Donnelly completed the opening lap, the safety car was out. The recovery operation took several laps to complete and threatened the races of the first and third-placed cars, as their drivers were unable to build up a decent gap before their stops. When the race finally restarted, the pitlane window was minutes from opening but already Train and Deacon were having problems. Fenn meanwhile, harassed Donnelly before making his stop relatively early. Both leaders stayed out to build a gap to the rest, whilst behind, Bentley held an excellent place near the front of the field, whilst Hall was having a more subdued weekend; nevertheless he was still well in the top ten. Donnelly made his stop as late as possible, whilst Lyons stayed out one more lap. Around the long Snetterton 300 circuit, it was too much for both, stopping just after the window closed. However for now they were ahead on the road and with Lester rejoining with the Evora, a thirty second gap to Fenn was whittled down in just a lap, the Motorsport Elise passing by ahead the next time past the pits. Fenn’s next task, however, was to claw back 25 seconds on Harvey in the 340R. Sure enough, he was past within another lap! Meanwhile, Stanley had taken over the GWS Exige and after an entertaining dice with Hall, was after Lester and Harvey. He took the Evora within a few laps and set off for second place and potentially the championship for his team mate. However with just five minutes to go, the dark and wet conditions meant that the race would be called early. Stanley had to complete the lap in second place. Fenn crossed the line to win the race, which also placed him in contention for the title. After a wait, the next car through was Stanley, then Harvey. However the latter team’s late stop denied them a podium position and the subsequent three-lap penalty dropped them to 18th place, two above Donnelly and Lester. These penalties moved Train up the order to fifth behind Hall and an excellent Bentley, and with the class win, was more than enough to confirm him as champion. Gooday finished sixth, with McNeilly and Chong seventh, Capstick and Goff eighth, Chatterway ninth and Production champion Boston tenth. Conclusion The championship decider provided plenty of tension and excitement as a close title chase could have fallen to any one of several drivers throughout the hour. Fenn’s fightback gives him the most wins of the season and almost the title but two low scores earlier in the year ended his chances, whilst Stanley’s customary late charge left Sherwood short by an agonisingly short margin. In the end Train’s consistency and pace, putting him at the top of his class once more, ensured that he took the spoils. Meanwhile earlier problems for Boston meant that he offered no challenge in the Production class but with the championship already wrapped up, second in class was a respectable way to end a brilliant season. For once he was overshadowed, by an inspired Bentley, who delivered a performance normally reserved for the champion. The Lotus Cup UK season is now over but some of the drivers will be racing at Brands Hatch in a fortnight at the Lotus 6 Hour race. http://www.lotrdc.co...-300-2810-6555/
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