Ollie Jackson and Phil Glew took their first class victory of the year, and the maiden win for the Lotus Evora GT4.
The Lotus Sport UK team were on course to win the first race but were taken out of contention due to a safety car issue. The lead Evora was waved through by the safety car driver just as it came into the pits, demoting Jackson and Glew by a lap. They fought back to fourth place while the other Evora of Freddy Nordstrom and Leyton Clarke finished third but with accident damage.
In Race 2 and with no more safety car headaches the Jackson/Glew Evora fought hard with first race GT4 victors Dan Denis and David McDonald in their Ginetta but then pulled away, taking a dominant win by 23 seconds. Nordstrom and Clarke came home fifth.
“Phil handed the car over to me in the lead,” said Jackson, “and though it was tough out there with all the cars on the track we made it through to the end for a great result for Lotus Sport UK.”
Team Principal Gary Ayles was thrilled with the result. “This is our first win, and we’re chuffed to bits. The car was really competitive all weekend. It’s frustrating not to have won both races, because we should have done and it was not our fault that we didn’t. The safety car waved us through and then pulled into the pits, and we found ourselves a lap down with nothing we could do about it. It was a cock-up by the FIA, and they’ve since apologized for it. But what is most encouraging is that the Evora has emerged as the GT4 class of the field and so we can be very optimistic for the rest of the season.”
Group Lotus Motorsport Director, Claudio Berro, is pleased with Lotus’s GT4 and GP2 performances this weekend. “Congratulations, first of all, to Jules Bianchi who is a very promising talent, and who is developing well at Lotus-ART. This first victory is, I’m sure, the first of many. And simply fantastic news from Belgium that the Evora GT4 has taken its maiden win. Well done to everybody at Lotus Sport UK for making this happen. In Formula One and IndyCar it has been a more trying weekend, but that’s motor racing and we hope for stronger performances in the next couple of rounds.”