Lotus F1 Team – Lotus Displays Its Resilient Spirit in Malaysia

Lotus F1 Team - Malaysia 2014Romain Grosjean delivers a steady and progressive race in Sepang, whilst power issues for Pastor Maldonado forces a tough decision to retire.

Round two of the 2014 F1® season got underway yesterday, and it was a bag of mixed fortunes for the Lotus F1® Team. Starting in P15 and P16, Lotus F1® Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado made good progress off the grid until a loss of power for Pastor during the first lap, cut short the Venezuelan’s race who took the tough decision to safeguard his engine and retire.

Romain however kept the black and gold flag flying high and advanced quickly, accelerating two places and sliding into P13 during the fourth lap. He then maintained his pace, overtaking Caterham’s Kobayashi to claim P12 during lap 32. Continuing his steady fight forwards and providing valuable data for the team, he further ascended into P11 and was forced to furiously defend his place in the last laps of the race thanks to a spirited challenge from teammate of old, Kimi Räikkönen. The Räikkönen charge did not break Romain’s lock down and he successfully crossed the line, his P11 finish in hand. Continue reading

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Kiri Bloore to present Lotus on Track TV programme in 2014

Kiri BlooreSports broadcaster Kiri Bloore will be joining the LoTRDC broadcasting team to bring all of the latest action to your living room this season.

Part of the new generation of sports broadcasters, Kiri is certainly one to watch and she will add the finishing touch to what is already set to be a very exciting year for LOTRDC. Joining the hugely successful Lotus Cup UK and Lotus Cup Europe, the Elise Trophy will become a championship for the first time in 2014. Meanwhile newcomers to motorsport are taking their first competitive steps in the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship. All will be represented in Motors TV’s Lotus on Track
programme, anchored by Kiri.

Kiri’s voice will be familiar to motorsport fans from programmes on Silverstone radio, whilst she has
demonstrated sporting knowledge on screen with Golfing World News. She has grown up in the world
of motor racing and favourite driver of all time is Ayrton Senna. To keep up to date with Kiri
throughout the season check out her Twitter @kiribloore

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LoTRDC – Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship gets underway

Photos courtesy of Derek Partridge

Photos courtesy of Derek Partridge

The opening event of LoTRDC’s 2014 season took place on Sunday 16 March, with the first
round of the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship at North Weald airfield in Essex.

Xavier Brooke won the event, and also took the Production Class from Robert Clark, with former Team Lotus Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly posting the third fastest time in class in his sprint debut. He was locked in a close duel with son Stefan, the pair driving a borrowed 111R whilst their S1 Elise is being made ready for round two at Snetterton in three weeks’ time. Continue reading

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Lotus F1 Team – Lotus learn in Melbourne

Lotus F1 Team - Australia 2014A tough season opener and a difficult start to the 2014 F1® season for The Lotus F1® Team down-under.

They always said it was going to be a dramatic first race in this new era of F1® and dramatic it was. Melbourne’s Albert Park 3.3 mile circuit provided the stage for top-flight motorsport entertainment that saw Lotus put up a positive assault in what was always going to be a tough race for the black and gold team.

Disappointing qualifying for both drivers meant whilst Pastor Maldonado began at the very back of the grid, Romain Grosjean began from the pit-lane and was then further slapped with a drive-through penalty for leaving the pit garage early. Never-the-less, after lights out Maldonado was soon on the march and ascended to P11 before problems with the Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic (MGU-K) hampered his fight resulting in his retirement in lap 29. Continue reading

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Former F1 driver Donnelly’s son to make motorsport debut with LoTRDC

Stefan and Martin DonnellyFormer 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

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LoTRDC UK Awards 2013

Martin and JohnnyOn 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

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Maidstone Sports Cars add MOT testing to their range of services

MSC MOTGood 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!

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Event Focus: Brands Hatch Coffee Morning – 1st March 2014

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)

To find out more and register your interest be sure to check out our forum thread.

Also don’t forget if you’re looking to take part in this years Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship 2014 time is running out to register – be sure to visit the LoTRDC site for more details!

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Lotus Cars – The Elise S Cup R makes global debut at Autosport 2014

Elise S Cup RIf 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”.

Source: Lotus Cars – The Elise S Cup R makes global debut at Autosport 2014
Source: Facebook – Classic Team Lotus set to spring a surprise at Autosport International 2014

Discussion: SELOC Chat – Elise S Cup R at Autosport Show – Birmingham

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UK registrations for Lotus Cars see 56% year-on-year increase

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.

Source: SMMT – New car registrations in November overtake 2012 full-year total
Discussion: SELOC Chat – Lotus UK registrations up 56% vs. 2012

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