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Xavier Brooke has claimed the inaugural Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship after a string of unbeatable performances throughout the 2014 season. Brooke rivals Rob Clark and David Mann after a year-long fight in the sprint series.

Aimed at rookie competitors, the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship consists of several rounds taking place at a combination of race circuits and airfields. Each driver completes a set of solo runs timed by electronic equipment accurate to 100th of a second, with the winner recording the best time of the day. Road-going cars can participate in sprinting and drivers can compete without roll cages, fire extinguishers and harnesses.

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The championship is split into two classes, and Brooke’s domination of the Production category for standard, normally-aspirated Elises and Exiges settled the title. The more powerful cars competed in the SuperSport class,
and category champion Mann beat a field containing a variety of machinery. He took third in the overall standings, and was one of just three SuperSport drivers in the overall top ten. Runner-up Clark was one of several drivers completing all ten rounds, which included novice sprinter Karen Harvey, and over 30 drivers scored points across the season. Events were held at a variety of venues, including Lotus’s test track at Hethel, as well as North Weald and MIRA, plus Snetterton circuit, where the drivers competed on the Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy bill.

Champion Brooke said: “The Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship has allowed me to compete in only my second season sprinting with some very well respected drivers, such as former F1 driver Martin Donnelly and BTCC driver Jack Goff, as well receiving awards from former F1 driver John Watson. It really has been the best possible result and great fun to boot, thanks to Paul Golding and the LoTRDC team for their help and support through the inaugural Championship season. There is always someone to give help and advice, and the social side of the paddock is excellent, everyone mucks in and helps. I hope that this may entice others to join the fun in 2015, and if anyone is thinking about it, just do it!”

Following the success of the inaugural Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship, there will be a special one-off round at Snetterton on 1 November, once again supporting the Lotus Cup UK and Elise Trophy championships. The
sprint is open to all, with just 25 places available.

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The Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship will return in 2015 and is open to all. LoTRDC are also considering an invitation class for classic Lotus road-going cars depending on demand. All enquiries for the Snetterton one-off
round and the 2015 championship should be sent to [email protected]

Photos courtesy of Derek Partridge

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