The 2015 Lotus Cup Europe champion will be crowned at the 24 Heures Camions event on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit next weekend (10/11 October), with a special triple-header set to decide the FIA International Series’ title.
Twelve months ago, Jérémy Lourenço lifted the 2014 championship, and after moving up from the 2-Eleven class to V6 Cup with an Exige this season, the Frenchman has proven to be the man to beat for overall wins. Only England’s Jon Walker (Exige) and Belgium’s Greg Rasse (Evora) have beaten him to the top step of the podium this season, but with two and three victories respectively, they have been overshadowed by Lourenço’s dominant seven.
However, the destiny of this year’s title is set to be found in the Production class, where John Rasse is aiming for a clean sweep of category wins at the famous venue. Regardless of whether he achieves this goal, his overall lead of 41 points (with 25 for a class win), and the championship’s dropped-score system makes him firm favourite to lift the coveted trophy.
There are also class titles to be decided, and with Lourenço already in possession of the V6 silverware, there’s a close fight between Frenchmen Christophe Lisandre and Jean-Baptiste Loup in the 2-Eleven category, whilst a consistent weekend should settle the Open Class in favour of compatriot Nicolas Ferrer.
At least 40 cars from the legendary British marque are set to qualify on the Bugatti circuit, adding to the festival atmosphere at the venue’s hugely popular annual autumn event.
Lotus Cup Europe title standings
1 John Rasse Production 398
2 Jérémy Lourenço V6 Cup 357
3 Christophe Lisandre 2-Eleven 335
4 Jean-Baptiste Loup 2-Eleven 331
5 Thierry Hedoin Production 294
6 Jason McInulty Production 263
7 Jonathan Walker V6 Cup 259
8 Nicolas Ferrer Open 256
= Xavier Georges V6 Cup 256
10 Benoit Roger 2-Eleven 248
Photos courtesy of Gregory Eyckmans