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  1. Reigning Lotus Cup Europe Champion Jérémy Lourenço followed up his maiden overall win at Dijon- Prenois with a double victory at Magny-Cours this weekend in rounds five and six of the 2015 championship. Reigning Lotus Cup Europe Champion Jérémy Lourenço followed up his maiden overall win at Dijon-Prenois with a double victory at Magny-Cours this weekend (30/31 May) in rounds five and six of the 2015 championship. Meanwhile another dominant performance in the Production class has allowed John Rasse to stretch his title lead. Lourenço qualified on pole position at the former French Grand Prix venue, but was passed by teammate and fellow front row starter Xavier Georges as the opening race got underway. The Exige V6 pair escaped the clutches of Greg Rasse's Evora as they fought their own battle, then Lourenco forced his way into the lead with just a few laps remaining to take the chequered flag. In the second race, Lourenço sailed into a lead that he would not relinquish, whilst Georges fought another battle that he would eventually lose, with Greg Rasse passing at mid-distance. However the Belgian was unable to catch the leader and trailed home two seconds in arrears. A strong performance in qualifying helped Christophe Lisandre to a brace of 2-Eleven class victories, with Nicolas Ferrer achieving a similar feat in the Open class to take the first encounter, before back row starter David Harvey claimed the honours second time out. John Rasse's Production class double keeps him ahead of the rest in the title race, and it was a similar story on track, with the Belgian lapping several seconds clear of his opposition. Thierry Hedoin was second both times, with Philippe VanPevenaeyge and Sven Pettersson sharing the final podium places. The next Lotus Cup Europe rounds will take place at Spa-Francorchamps on 10/11 July.
  2. Jonathan Walker and Gregory Rasse shared the Lotus Cup Europe spoils at Zolder this weekend, returning to winning ways after a tough time at Spa-Francorchamps last time out. Polesitter Walker’s results have aided his championship challenge, however a pair of 2-Eleven class victories has propelled Jeremy Lorenco into the title lead with just one round to go, after a tough weekend for rival Xavier Georges. Phillippe Loup finished third to Walker in race one, whilst Belgian Thierry Verheist took the final podium place in the second encounter. Meanwhile there were two class wins for Nicolas Ferrer (Exige),and Egon Burkos (Lotus Cup Eastern Europe). David Harvey and Eric van’t Oever shared the Open class honours. A triumphant return for Greg Rasse’s brother John saw him take the Production class win in the opening race with a superb ninth overall, twelve places ahead of runner-up and title challenger Andrew Wright. The Englishman fought back to lead the Belgian in race two, but the pair couldn’t overcome Dave Carr for the category win.
  3. 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.
  4. Jonathan Walker followed up his success at Dijon with another clean sweep in last weekend’s (7/8 June) Lotus Cup Europe round at Zandvoort. The British driver was joined for the first time by his brother, Nick, on the podium for the second encounter at the Dutch seaside circuit, after the siblings dominated qualifying the day before. Nicholas Ferrer took third, the only non-V6 powered driver to feature in the overall top three throughout the weekend, whilst Nikolaj Ipsen and Gregory Rasse joined Walker on the rostrum for the opening race. Xavier Georges trailed team mate Jeremy Lorenco in the 2-Eleven category both times, however he currently shares the championship lead with Walker. Meanwhile Christophe Laroche took an Exige class win in race one, whilst David Harvey dominated the Open class. The opening race featured a first corner incident in the midfield, but all of the drivers involved were able to continue. Meanwhile Andrew Wright and reigning champion Thomas Dehaibe shared the Production honours, and the former sits just five points adrift of the title leaders as the championship heads to Spa-Francorchamps next month.
  5. Thomas Dehaibe was crowned Lotus Cup Europe Champion at Zolder, becoming an FIA International Series title-holder at the Belgian circuit. England’s Jonathan Walker led the opening race, only to be passed by Denmark’s Nikolaj Ipsen with just four laps remaining, as the pair pulled clear of the field. They also contested the second encounter, however Ipsen fell to seventh place in the final laps, whilst Walker succumbed to a puncture. Needing to finish the race to secure the V6 class title, the Englishman made a late pitstop and ended the day in 13th place. This left Gregory Rasse to take the final victory of the season, heading an Evora 1-2 with Thierry Verheist just eight tenths of a second shy at the chequered flag. Jeremy Lourenco ended his year on a high with two third places and the 2-Eleven class title, whilst David Harvey claimed the Open class championship and Anthony Fournier the Exige Cup honours. Dehaibe won the first Production race on course to his title success. However Laurent Feve took the class lead two laps from the end of the second race to deny him a second victory of the weekend. Next season’s Lotus Cup Europe championship will visit Le Mans, Zandvoort, Spa-Francorchamps, Dijon-Prenois, Zolder and Hockenheim.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Lotus Cup Europe

    New era for Lotus Cup Europe as inaugural championship kicks off at the Nürburgring The first race for Lotus Cup Europe as an FIA International Series took place at the Nürburgring this weekend and saw victories for V6 powered machinery. Belgium’s Greg Rasse swapped the lead with French 2-Eleven driver Jeremy Lourenço several times before taking the opening race win of 2013. The 2-Eleven of Xavier George completed the podium in third place. Meanwhile Anthony Fournier took the Exige Cup class honours on his series debut from Dave Carr and Jean Baptiste Loup. In the V6 class Nick Walker recorded his best ever finish with fifth place overall and second in class, whilst Dane Nikolaj Ipsen took third place in the category with another Exige. The Production class saw fantastic battles between Thomas Dehaibe, Laurent Feve and Charlotte Burridge. In the second encounter Rasse fought a close battle with Jon Walker’s Exige V6 Cup before the latter managed to open up an unassailable lead. Lourenço took another podium position with third after fighting with a number of cars, making for a hugely impressive weekend which has resulted in the Frenchman leading the championship standings. Fournier was unable to repeat his Exige class win when Ferrer overtook for the place, whilst Carr was third. Series regular Christophe Lisandre was second in the 2-Eleven class, with Jean Baptiste Loup’s father Phillippe third. The Production category result was repeated with Dehaibe taking victory from Feve and Burridge. Lotus Cup Europe heads to Dijon in France next month.
  9. Lotus Cup Europe Report: Spa 6-7/7

    Introduction After two visits to Germany and a round in France, the fourth meeting of 2012 saw a move to Belgium and the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes Forest. A popular destination in the series, the drivers’ favourite looked to favour the local contingent with John Rasse enjoying another strong season. However his brother Gregory has been improving in the Evora, whilst Christophe Lisandre and Xavier Georges head up the 2-Eleven contingent with UK Production frontrunner Ken Savage an intriguing prospect as he makes his class debut. Practice and Qualifying Georges led the field in the first session, run in the damp after overnight and morning rain. Jean-Baptiste Meusnier and John Rasse headed the Exiges, whilst Savage impressed first time out, just behind Lisandre and Greg Rasse. The Evora moved up to the top of the timesheet in qualifying, the V6 powering Greg Rasse onto pole for the first time. His margin was three-quarters of a second over practice pace-setter Georges, with Meusnier’s Exige making for a very open pair of races. Proving the advantage of a powerful engine on the long straights of Spa, Thierry Verhiest took an excellent fourth place from the Jack Goff/Phill Capstick Exige, leaving John Rasse just third in class. Lisandre took seventh place, heading a quintet of 2-Elevens, with Jeremy Lorenco, Guillaime Bouche, Ken Savage and Marcus Jewell behind. David Harvey took the Open pole in 18th place, two spots ahead of Production leader Craig Denman, who had Sven Petterson’s 2-Eleven between him and the rest, led by Markus Nikowitsch and Alain Corbiau. Race One The Evora’s V6 grunt looked likely to give Greg Rasse a good chance of making a clean getaway from the rolling start and sure enough, as the cars rounded La Source, he was clear. Only just, however, as the usual scrabble for grip at the hairpin meant that it was anyone’s guess as to the order in which the cars ran down the hill into Eau Rouge. As it turned out, Lisandre would prove to be the leader’s primary chaser, with Meusnier in third, from Georges, John Rasse and Thierry Verheist. However as the race wore on, the Evora runners would benefit from the extra power as the others fought to hold on. As Greg began to ease way from Lisandre, so Verheist would provide an irresistible challenge to his two nearest rivals. Meanwhile, whilst Lisandre drove hard to keep Greg in his sights, Meusnier drew closer to the 2-Eleven leader and began to make a real fight of the final podium positions. As the Evora gradually disappeared from view, Lisandre’s attention shifted from the car in front to that in his mirrors and although the minutes soon ticked away, it was not enough to keep the Exige behind and so, whilst the podium was shared between three classes, it was the 2-Eleven that lost out to the Evora and Exige. With a very similar battle behind settled in the order Verheist-J Rasse-Georges, it was a lonely Marcus Jewell that finished in seventh place, ahead of Denis van den Savel, Bouche and Jean-Pierre Genoud Prachex. Not faring so well after promising starts were Phill Capstick and Savage, the latter retiring with engine troubles. Whilst Harvey was unchallenged in the Open category, Denman also enjoyed a dominant performance, with Nikowitsch and Corbiau holding station to complete the Production class podium. Race Two The 2-Eleven and Exige’s lighter weight relative to the Evora helped Georges and Meusnier make a better start off the line in the second race and it was the former who led the field into La Source. However Meusnier was able to pass the 2-Eleven around the lap and crossed the line first into lap two. Behind the top three, Lisandre led a small group consisting of John Rasse, Lourenco and Goff. Soon enough, Greg was able to reassert himself into the lead, with Meusnier dropping to third. The leader’s brother felt similarly inspired and fought his way up into third, but just as he was poised to attack the leading two, his engine cried enough and the race was over by the mid-stage. Lourenco’s race didn’t last much longer, leaving Lisandre to fight off Verheist. However the focus was further ahead because Georges wasn’t letting Greg get away from him. Indeed, when they crossed the line after half an hour of racing, the gap between the two was barely two seconds. Meusnier had dropped off the pace towards the end but was still some way clear of Lisandre and Verheist, whilst Goff and Prachex were in close company at the flag. Bouche and van den Savel had also paired off during the proceedings, whilst Chatterway completed the top ten, heading a trio of runners that consisted of Jewell, Open class winner Harvey and Herbert Metzker. Craig Denman completed a perfect weekend to match Greg’s, and with the early retirement of Corbiau, Nikowitsch and Dave Carr took second and third places in the Production class. Conclusion Greg Rasse’s double represented the first privateer victory for the Evora, for whilst a V6-powered Lotus won here last year, it was very much a factory effort with Lotus Racing’s Gavan Kershaw at the wheel. It also came as the culmination of much work from the Belgian, who has been knocking on the door of a win for some time. That it should come at his home circuit is richly deserved. Meanwhile Georges and Meusnier continue to impress, whilst Lisandre and John Rasse remain as competitive as ever. Denman’s wild card entry for the weekend paid off handsomely but Nikowitsch was able to provide some strong competition from the regulars. Lotus Cup Europe takes a summer break and will return in two months at the Dijon-Prenois circuit in France, another popular venue that last time saw strong performances from both Rasse brothers.
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