Lotus Cup UK kicks off at Snetterton in April (Photo courtesy of snappracer.com)
Lotus Cup UK kicks off at Snetterton in April (Photo courtesy of snappracer.com)

Snetterton set to provide a spring treat for Lotus enthusiasts

The opening round of the LoTRDC racing season takes place at Snetterton, just a few miles from the Lotus Factory, on the weekend of 5-6 April.

Lotus Cup UK will kick off with a 90 minute race on the Saturday. Simon Deacon and Andy Napier are the reigning champions in the SuperSport and Production categories respectively. A capacity grid is expected, with V6 Cup, 2-Eleven, Exige Cup and Open Class cars racing for overall and SuperSport honours. The 2013 season ended on the same 300 circuit and just like that event, the extra distance
is expected to add further spice to the race.

There’s even more Lotus content on the Sunday, with the inaugural Elise Trophy championship round providing the main highlight. Both new and familiar names are expected to make up the full grid for the 20-minute races. The day will also see the second round of the new Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship. A capacity entry should provide a thrilling set of qualifying-style laps as the sprint competitors put on a show that should prove to be every bit as good as the racing. Seven Lotus track sessions will complete a superb weekend for enthusiasts of the marque.

The Elise Trophy will run as a championship for the first time in 2014 (photo courtesy of snappyracers.com)
The Elise Trophy will run as a championship for the first time in 2014 (photo courtesy of snappyracers.com)

Adding to the fun, anyone turning up to the event in a Lotus can sample the circuit for themselves by taking part in a parade lap during the lunch break on Sunday, as well as benefit from a Lotus parking
area. Tickets will go on sale from LoTRDC at just £6 each including postage and packing for Lotus enthusiasts. Entry is also free for children aged 12 and under.

Lotus Cup Europe set to star at the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival meeting

The opening round of the 2014 Lotus Cup Europe championship is shaping up to be a memorable event on 11-13 April.

The championship, which gained FIA International Series status in 2013, will be supporting the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival meeting at Hockenheim. The German Grand Prix venue will
be staging a weekend of historic and modern racing, featuring some of the sport’s most famous categories.

Top of the bill will be Historic Formula 1 cars from 1966 to 1985, an era in which Team Lotus thrived, and the drivers will be competing for the Jim Clark Cup. More contemporary Grand Prix machinery
can be found in the BOSS GP category, whilst there will be demonstration laps from Toyota’s 2002, 2004 and 2008 World Championship challengers. The Race Club Germany will also be demonstrating
classic F1 cars and other great single seaters at the event.

Lotus Cup Europe will support the Bosch Hockenheim Historic - Jim Clark Revival meeting in April (photo courtesy of Simon Milner)
Lotus Cup Europe will support the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival meeting in April (photo courtesy of Simon Milner)

Historic Formula 2, the FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior cars and Formula V will also take to the track for races, whilst Sportscars including CanAm and Touring Cars will also thrill fans. Lotus Cup Europe joins the bill for the first time this year, celebrating Jim Clark’s association with the British marque. The championship will provide a more modern take on proceedings, whilst the racing is expected to be close as the drivers get their 2014 campaigns underway.

Last season Thomas Dehaibe won the title from the Production classes after a close battle in which V6 Cup and 2-Eleven category drivers were also in contention. The Evora and V6 Exige cars will start
as pre-race favourites in the two races, which incorporate both standing and rolling starts.

Thomas Dehaibe will start the defence of his Lotus Cup Europe title at Hockenheim (photo courtesy of Simon Milner)
Thomas Dehaibe will start the defence of his Lotus Cup Europe title at Hockenheim (photo courtesy of Simon Milner)

The Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival meeting will be an unmissable event for Lotus fans across the continent, and the race programme makes it one of the best historic events of the season.

Tickets for the event are available from 25 Euros, with a weekend passes priced at 35 Euros. Meanwhile entry is free for all children aged 16 years or younger when accompanied by an adult. For more information on the Bosch Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark Revival, visit www.hockenheimhistoric.de and www.hockenheimring.de

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