On Saturday 2nd March LoTRDC held their annual UK awards night at Brands Hatch.
After a well supported pre-season track day drivers and teams retired to the Stirling Suite for an evening of light hearted award presentations hosted jointly by LoTRDC’s Richard Short and Martin Donnelly. Once the dinner and awards were over Perry McCarthy, the original Stig took centre stage to tell a few stories and host a q&a session both on his own and with his former rat pack member Martin Donnelly.
2012 UK awards:
Lotus Cup UK Production Champion 2012 – Rob Boston
Lotus Cup UK Production Championship runner up – Stuart Plotnek
Lotus Cup UK SuperSport Champion 2012 – Steve Train
Lotus Cup UK Group Champions – 211 – Steve Train, Exige – Glenn Sherwood, Open – Rob Fenn, V6 – Steve Williams
Elise Trophy driver of the Season 2012 – Craig Denman – was most consistent and had it been a championship would have actually won outright as well.
Elise Trophy driver of the season runner up – Rob Boston, largest number of wins but a couple of no shows and non finishes.
Lotus 6 Hour – David Fenn, Rob Fenn & Michael Lyons
LoTRDC Rookie of the Season – Clive Willis (highest placed driver of those new to racing in 2012)
LoTRDC Team of 2012 – Track Group – For not only helping Steve Train to the overall LCUK SuperSport championship in his 211 but also running so many other beautifully prepped and reliable cars in all series.
Elise Trophy best presented car – Paul Baker for his friesian cow liveried S1.
Lotus Cup UK Supersport best presented car – Adrian Hall / Maidstone Sports Cars for their immaculate Exige S1 that was designed by Damian Hurst while blue or stood out like no other while white.
Lotus Cup UK Production best presented car – Rob Boston for his S1 that was perfectly turned out all season.
Outstanding achievement award for completing all their championship races in 2012 – Steve Train, Rob Boston, Doug Setters, Stuart Plotnek, Andrew Wright
LoTRDC Outstanding Achievement awards – since the club and race series were launched in 2007:
Tom Chatterway – For sheer perserverance and dedication to LoTRDC ending in his most successful season by some way. Tom started in our very first race at Brands in 2007 in a VX220 moved to an S1 ‘Mr Bump special’ Elise and for the last few years has raced a 2 Eleven putting it on the podium a number of times in 2012 and finishing 3rd overall in the 2012 Championship.
Doug Setters – For keeping going when things got difficult. Doug joined us for our second ever race and with the exception of one season when we moved to Europe and put Doug in GT Cup he’s been ever present. This summer Doug’s son and co-driver Chris had to miss a couple of rounds when Doug’s 2nd grandchild was having a difficult birth and early few weeks with his mum, most would have stopped racing but with encouragement from those around him Doug went to extraordinarily levels to keep going.
David Harvey – Another who was present on our first grid and has been ever present since, for the last 2 seasons competing with his K Series 340R as he did in that very first race not just in the UK but also competing in Lotus Cup Europe. David has persevered with the same car regardless of what seen chucked at him on track be it mechanical or accidents. Always the first in the paddock, especially abroad and first with entry forms and paperwork.