Lotus Sport Italy fielded a strong team in this year’s Vallelunga 6 hour endurance race entering two Evora Cup GT4s, featuring the new 2011 production Xtrac gearbox installation, as well as a 2 Eleven GT4
Evora car 21, driven by Gianni Giudici and Johnny Mowlem, stormed to a class win in the FIA GT4 class, also taking 10th overall in the GT Gold CUp and demonstrating both performance and reliability in a challenging race. Evora car 38′ driven by James Rossiter and Ollie Hancock could not capitalize on their excellent twelfth overall qualifying position, retiring mid way through the race as a result of accident damage and denying the team a likely top 10 finish.
Gianni Giudici quote ” The car felt very strong and the Xtrac gearbox was perfect, the wet conditions made it an interesting race, I’m very happy – grazie”.
European GT4 Supersport regular Marco Fumagalli was joined by fellow Italian Andrea Perlini and leading 2010 Lotus Cup Europe racer John Rasse from Belgium to race this year’s European GT4 Supersport championship winning Lotus 2 Eleven GT4
The wet conditions were extremely challenging for the only open topped car in the field of 54 cars entered for the race.Despite qualifying 42nd for Sunday’s race, each of the three drivers’ drove superb two hour stints consistently putting in impressive lap times, which yielded a fantastic class win and a climb up the leader board to 24th overall.
Commenting on his two hours behind the wheel John stated, “There was so much traffic out there, it was incredible and the two hour stint was physically demanding, especially on the neck muscles – but really really enjoyable”
John’s only problem on race day was how to get his race helmet, winner’s trophy and race bag back onto the Ryanair flight!
On behalf of Lotus Motorsport, thank you to all th
e team for a fantastic effort and we look forward to working with you all again in 2011.