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The Lotus on Track Racing Drivers Club have announced the 2012 Elise Trophy calendar. The series, which has just completed its fifth season, is aimed at novice drivers with an emphasis on bringing a social atmosphere to racing. Elise Trophy entrants can also compete in the Lotus Cup UK Championship, which shares many of the dates and venues. The Lotus Cup Europe series will also be open to Elise Trophy competitors.
The 2012 calendar includes the UK’s blue riband circuits, Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park, whilst also visiting series favourites from previous seasons, such as Castle Combe and Anglesey. The current race format is also retained for 2012, with two 20 minute races at each meeting. Read the rest of this entry »
With the smallest budget, lightest and least powerful car on the grid, Team Elise Trophy finished in 46th place out of 84 starters and most importantly saw the finish of the Dubai 24 Hours this weekend. The road legal 160bhp car of 2000 vintage is a regular in the club motorsport scene, having been driven by the likes of Martin Donnelly, Andy Green and Jake Humphrey.
The car required relatively minor servicing to keep it on track, and only needed two sets of tyres as it raced hard to the end. Drivers James Knight, Simon Phillips, Ken Savage and Pete Storey coped admirably on their round-the-clock racing debut. They were supported by a contingent from the Elise Trophy plus the crew of the Royal Navy’s HMS Cumberland which was docked in Dubai, some of whom enjoyed passenger laps around the circuit earlier in the week.
With the aim simply to complete the distance, fifth in class was a welcome surprise to the team and the car lives to fight another season, however the challenge of the Dubai 24 hours will be hard to surpass.
Image by Yvo Tuk