2019 Paul Ricard Friday 60 mins
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Lotus on Track is Europe’s largest track day club and prides itself on providing friendly, safe and good-value track days. The Lotus on Track Racing Drivers’ Club was formed to provide a platform for Lotus owners to move into motorsport carrying the Lotus on Track principles to the starting grid.
The LoTRDC was launched at the end of 2006 in conjunction with MSVR – the racing club division of Motor Sport Vision – owners of Brands Hatch and five other major circuits. LoTRDC is a non-profit club registered with the UK’s National Motorsport authority; Motorsport UK. The club aims to provide drivers with a safe, friendly and socialable environment for Lotus enthusiasts to race in. The aim is to provide drivers with the best quality and safe experience on track whilst keeping entry fees low as we believe drivers should only pay for track time while other associated costs such as TV and marketing are covered by sponsors.
Until 2007 there were only a handful of Lotus cars racing on the same grid. The Lotus on Track Elise Trophy was launched at Brands Hatch in March 2007 and changed that with full grids, huge support from the Lotus community & Group Lotus and plenty of action at circuits across the UK and into Europe.
In 2008 Group Lotus asked LoTRDC to take over the organisation of Lotus Cup Europe, the World’s only official Group Lotus owned race series. By the end of the 2010 season, just 2 years into its partnership LoTRDC has more than trebled the number of cars competing whilst the series has visited Europe’s premier circuits.
Lotus Cup Europe was granted FIA International Series status in 2014, with safety and technical regulations governed by the FIA. In addition to enjoying similar status to prestigious series such as DTM & Blancpain. The race series is designed to offer Lotus owners the opportunity to experience some of the best race circuits in Europe with like-minded enthusiasts. The Lotus Cup Europe calendar features the continent’s finest circuits, with three of 2020’s rounds supporting the prestigious DTM championship at Monza, Brands Hatch and Nürburgring. The season commences at the Hockenheim Historic and concludes at the 24 Heures Camions event at Le Mans in front of 60,000 spectators.
In 2011 LoTRDC launched a new championship: Lotus Cup UK. The championship was aimed at those who wanted to take their Lotus racing more seriously. Races incorporated all current Lotus models with the Exige V6, Evora GT4, 2 Eleven and of course Elises & Exiges. Races moved to an endurance format and ran for up to 2 hours involving pit stops, driver changes and refuelling. The championship proved so popular it was granted two separate championships, one for SuperSport and one for Production cars.
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