Lotus Cup Europe, now in its Eleventh year, was set up as a direct response to customer and Lotus dealer interest in a fun but professionally run motor sport series in Europe. During that time it has attracted many competitors from all over the continent.
The FIA sanctioned championship is organised by LoTRDC, an MSA approved club who set up and organised the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy & Lotus Cup UK until the end of 2014 when they decided to concentrate on Lotus Cup Europe and the increasingly popular Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship.
The championship the best European circuits while all rounds support major European race meetings, including the Jim Clark Revival / Hockenheim Historic, Grand Prix Camions at Paul Ricard, MG Live – the Worlds largest MG event, Fun Cup 25 Hours and Belgian FIA Truck Grand Prix as well as the Le Mans 24 Heures Camions.
The championship has its own hour long TV Programme that is broadcast throughout Europe on Motors TV. All seven rounds are fully covered with programmes loaded to Motuls YouTube channel once broadcast.
Lotus Cup Europe enjoys unrivalled support from the Lotus community, many of whom can be found at events. The championship is active on social media with well over 40,000 facebook followers and received over 5 million views and 1/4 million likes in the last full year.
Competitors are assured maximum time on track during events, and many of these open with a test day, for which drivers are welcome to enter. Race weekends start with a free practice session, and this is followed by 30 minutes of qualifying. There are two half-hour races, with both standing and rolling starts employed.
Lotus Cup Europe receives support from Group Lotus in terms of marketing and technical policing. There is a dedicated hospitality unit, where competitors can go for help and advice throughout the weekend. It also provides a social hub, including catering facilities, that has proved as important amongst the drivers as the competition itself.
Entries are split into four classes: V6 Cup – for the Exige V6 Cup and Evora GT4. 2-Eleven – for the four-cylinder supercharged open-top 2-Eleven. Production – for normally aspirated Elises and Exiges. Lotus Open – for four-cylinder Exige Cup cars, and the old invitation class for Lotus cars that are not eligible for the above categories. Open to Exige, Elise and the 340R. Championship points are scored according to class position, with bonus points added for the number of cars starting races in each class, therefore, drivers from all four classes have an equal chance of competing for the overall title. John Rasse won the 2015 championship whilst competing in the Production class while Jérémy Lourenco won the 2014 championship with a 2-Eleven.
The championship is open to drivers at all levels of experience, provided that they hold an International D licence or higher. Whilst the series has grown hugely since its inception a decade ago, the emphasis has firmly remained as a fun and social environment in which to compete.
Contact: Paul Golding