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Former Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly’s son will be making his motorsport debut in 2014, competing alongside his father in LoTRDC’s Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK and Lotus Cup UK Speed Championships.
Stefan Donnelly, 20, will compete in a Lotus Elise previously raced by World Land Speed Record holder Wing Commander Andy Green and former BBC F1 TV presenter Jake Humphrey, as well as his famous father. The pair will take part in sprints and races with the car this season.
The car will run to Production class rules, meaning that it is eligible for all three series. The Speed Championship takes in several sprint events around the UK and Stefan will be making his competition debut alongside his father at North Weald on 16 March. Round two will take place at Snetterton on 5-6 April, where Stefan will also race in the Elise Trophy, and pair up with Martin for the Lotus Cup UK mini-endurance race the same weekend. Continue reading →
On Saturday 1st March LoTRDC held their annual UK awards night at Brands Hatch.
After another well-attended pre-season trackday, drivers and teams headed to the MotorSport Vision Centre’s Stirling Suite for the awards dinner. Presentations were made by Martin Donnelly and new LoTRDC TV presenter Kiri Bloor. Donnelly was then joined by guest of honour, fellow Team Lotus alumni and winner of the British Grand Prix and the Le Mans 24 Hour race, Johnny Herbert. The pair reflected on their racing careers and enduring friendship, providing plenty of laughter to draw proceedings to a conclusion. Continue reading →
Good news for Lotus owners in the South East, as Maidstone Sports Cars have opened the new MOT test centre in addition to their current Lotus servicing, tuning and Honda engine conversion facilities.
Maidstone Sports Cars are proud to announce the opening of their brand new MOT test centre, which is the latest addition to the ever-growing MSC Group.The new facility boasts state of the art equipment, operated by experienced staff, with a real knowledge & understanding of the classic & sports car world.
Maidstone Sports Cars have always taken pride in the quality of their services, now backed with brand new facilities, equipment & expertise to rival any main dealer.
Now being able to provide all of their services in house, Maidstone Sports Cars really have become the ultimate one stop shop!
Lotus-on-Track are at Brands Hatch on Saturday 1st March for a track day on the Indy Circuit ahead of this years LoTRDC season, and even if you aren’t taking part on the track day you can pop along to take advantage of their hospitality with some great free offers including:
Free tea and coffee for all Lotus club members at the Essex Autosport garage.
Free raffle, with prizes including Andrew Kitson prints and LoTRDC season passes.
Free passenger rides with Lotus garages and LoTRDC drivers if signed up before lunch. (Over 20′s only)
Free entry to Brands Hatch including access to the GP Paddock.
Free fitting and £50 Lotus on Track voucher on Avon ZZR tyres purchased on the day. (Terms and conditions apply)
If you’re heading up to Autosport International 2014 next weekend then be sure to take a look at the Lotus Motorsport stand where they’ll be showing off the new Elise S Cup R alongside the existing Exige V6 Cup R and Evora GT4 models.
Classic Team Lotus will also be in attendance, showing off their latest, as yet unannounced, renovation, teased on their Facebook page as “one of the greatest ever Team Lotus F1 chassis which has not been seen for decades”.
The latest figures published by the SMMT were published last week and show that UK registrations of Lotus Cars grew 56% for the January-November time period compared to 2012 – a positive sign that things are on the up once again at Hethel.
2012 saw new registrations of Lotus’ fall dramatically in the UK, with the takeover of Proton by DRB-Hicom all but halting production at the factory as auditing and process improvements were carried out and consumer confidence being hurt amongst uncertainty over the companies future. Although 2013 UK registrations of 193 cars for the year to date are certainly an improvement over 2012, they still lag behind the 2011 figures of over 300 cars for the full year registrations, but we’d . Hopefully this trend can continue in to 2014.
The Lotus F1 Team has announced its 2014 driver line-up, with Pastor Maldonado replacing the departing Kimi Raikkonen while Grosjean stays on for a third consecutive season with the team.
The choice of Maldonado has been a controversial one, with many hoping that the team would be able to secure the services of Nico Hulkenberg, but the Venezuelan will bring some much needed additional sponsorship to the team.
Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP, paid a visit to Hethel today as it was announced that the Regional Growth Fund had awarded £10.44m to Lotus to be invested in to product R&D, staff training and the creation of over 300 new jobs.
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has awarded Lotus £10.44 million, which will be used for research and development of products, along with staff training. In addition Lotus is expected to create 313 new full time jobs to support production over the coming years. Continue reading →
October saw the culmination of the 2013 Championship which saw Xavier Brooke (Brooke Bond) crowned as the overall championship winner. Xav has dominated the timesheets throughout the entire season which he has waged in his budget S1. The prize this year, generously donated by Nitron, was a set of 46mm Race Pro shocks, which have already been supplied and fitted.
The 2014 Lotus Cup UK season finished in style at Snetterton this weekend, with Simon Deacon taking the SuperSport championship, while Andy Napier claimed the Production champsionship title.
Simon Deacon and Andy Napier claimed the SuperSport and Production championships respectively in an incident-packed final round of the 2013 Lotus Cup UK season at Snetterton yesterday (Sunday 27 October).
Poleman Ken Savage battled with Steve Train, Ben Hetherington and Jamie Stanley in the opening
laps, but the former two retired early on under an extended safety car period caused by Rob Fenn’s stranded Elise and then a further incident at the initial restart. This gave Deacon and Napier a boost in their title aspirations as full points were awarded after the first hour. Continue reading →