Lotus 1000km won by Stratton Motor Company

The 2011 Brands Hatch Lotus 1000km race was won by the Stratton Motor Company, with their factory supported Evora GT4 driven by Lotus Test Driver Gavin Kershaw and Le Mans 24hr racer Stuart Hall, by a margin of 5 laps and in a time of 8hr 20m 52s – some 26 minutes quicker than the inaugural race in 2010.

The Europa Racing and Hofmanns Motors cars, the Lotus Europas which had locked out the front row of the grid in qualifying, both unfortunately failed to deliver on the promise shown on Friday. The Europa Racing car suffered gear-linkage issues and spent much of the race stuck in fourth gear, relying on the tractability of it’s turbocharged engine, while the Hofmann’s car struggled with fuel tank pressurisation issues which caused a pair of flash fires of the pits and prevented the team from mounting a challenge – a real shame for the guy who’ve endured a tough 2011.

Elsewhere the Elise Trophy battle was more closely contested, with Witham Cars Japan claiming the class victory ahead of LaHay Racing, separated by just 7 seconds after over 8 hours of racing!

You can find the full race report on the LoTRDC website, or find photos, video and more in our forum.

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