Adrian Hall followed up Silverstone win with an impressive victory at Rockingham last Saturday after a tough race that could have seen several drivers take the spoils.
The one-hour race started with the Hetherington brothers of Benji and Freddie start from pole position on their Exige V6 début. Benji opened up a solid lead heading into the pit stops from which point on a determined Hall and the Exige V6 of Adam Balon managed to stage a dual attack on lap 25, dropping the erstwhile leaders down to third position. With just two laps to go Hall and Balon touched and Hetherington moved back up to second with Marcus Jewell’s 2 Eleven claiming a well-deserved third place overall.
Chris Setters took fifth overall and second in the Open class, with the pairing of Capstick and Brooks closing out third. In the 2-Eleven category, reigning champion Simon Deacon finished behind Jewell, with Tom Chatterway and Steve Train taking the final podium place. Balon took second in the Exige class, with Adam Knight finishing third. However it was a disappointing day for both Fabio Randaccio and Ken Savage, who both looked to be a decent bet for class and outright honours early on.
In the Production class the racing was frenetic and the overall winners weren’t clear until after scrutineering when pit stop times were checked. Penalties for the first two drivers over the line gave a well-deserved maiden win to James Little in his Elise S1, with team mate Richard Hywell-Evans in the new Elise Cup R less than a car’s length behind in second place while Championship leader Stuart Plotnek took an important third.
The overall results will see Hall and Plotnek extend their leads in the Lotus Cup UK SuperSport and Production Championships.
Lotus on Track Elise Trophy
After a disappointing day in LCUK on Saturday, Adam Gore produced a master class in both of the next day’s Elise Trophy races, winning both from BTCC ace Jack Goff. The second race was in doubt right until the line with Goff taking a penalty for track limits at the end. Gore’s team mate Jason Baker took third in race one, while Fulvio Mussi took the place in race two. Craig Denman picked up a brace of fifths after late mechanical problems which keeps him in touch with Mussi, Gore and Goff in the overall championship standings.