There’s a packed racing programme with 12 races on Sunday and nearly 20 races over the weekend. Headlining will be the Lotus Cup UK and the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy. There will also be a chance to see the Production BMW Championship that was started by Lotus Enthusiasts for Lotus owners to start out racing. A full support programme of races from single seaters to saloons is also confirmed.
Lotus Cup UK
The Lotus Cup UK championship started in 2011 and with an average of 40 starters amongst the 8 rounds and new enquiries from entrants coming in on a weekly basis, the series was split into Production and SuperSport championships for its second season. Production caters for normally-aspirated Elises and Exiges, whilst SuperSport is for the Exige Cup, 2-Eleven, Open and V6 classes, the latter incorporating the Evora and new Exige V6. The races will once again follow a mini-endurance format, with most races an hour in duration, complete with a mandatory pitstop allowing refuelling and driver changes.
Lotus on Track Elise Trophy
The Lotus on Track Elise Trophy was the first series to be launched in conjunction with MotorSport Vision Racing, and its inaugural race took place at Brands Hatch in 2007. The Elise Trophy was awarded championship status at the end of the 2013 season, meaning points will be on offer for the first time in 2014. Drivers will vy to become the inaugural Lotus on Track Elise Trophy champion this year. The Elise Trophy provides a safe, friendly and financially viable series for those wishing to progress from track days into racing.
Toyo Tires Production BMW Championship
PBMWC is a one-make championship based on the popular and iconic BMW E30 3-Series. PBMWC is specifically designed to provide close, friendly and affordable racing for drivers of all abilities. During race weekends PBMWC is joined by the Toyo Tires Racing Saloons enabling drivers to have additional races in their own class. The Championship was originally started by Lotus Enthusiasts for Lotus owners to start out racing, and some of the organisers went on to create the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK.
A championship as of 2011 the VAG Trophy caters for two wheel drive vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda introduced before 2006, and provides a stage for modified machinery and a focussed home for many V.A.G. vehicles which do not readily fit into other race series. The series’ power to weight based regulations allow for a diverse grid from older models such as the MK2 Golf to newer Beetle Cups.
MK2 Golf GTI Championship
The one make series for the classic Mk2 Golf GTI is now in it’s seventh season and continues to offer low-cost, close and action packed racing for both 8 and 16 valve variants (Classes 1 & 2 respectively). In gaining Championship status from 2008, and with involvement from MSVR since 2010 the series continues to grow and can now be seen racing at bigger events including the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch.
Quaife Motorsport News Saloon & Cannons Tin Top Combined
The Quaife Motorsport News Saloon is UK’s premier Saloon Car Clubmans Championship with cars from 600bhp 4 wheel drive monsters through ex BTCC, Thundersaloons and DTM cars to classic saloons in all shapes and sizes. With battles throughout the field for the class wins it dosn’t matter where you look on the track, there are cars dicing for position and their class lead. The Cannons Tin Top is for saloons much closer to roadgoing specification than their QMN cousins – a good way to hold down the cost of taking part. The Tin Tops are attracting good support and make a habit of producing a down-to-the-wire contest to find the top driver.
Champion of Brands
CoB is a single venue series for the iconic Formula Ford 1600 cars. All Ford Kent-engined Formula Ford 1600 cars are eligible to participate in the CoB, and as a result races offer great opportunities for the owners of all types of FF1600 car to battle wheel-to-wheel against each other around the Brands Hatch track. The winner of each race becomes the crowned ‘Champion of Brands’. For the next race, the champion will carry the number 1 on his or her car in an attempt to defend the crown.
The Atom Cup is a new race series featuring the Ariel Atom. For the first time in the UK, the Ariel Atom will be part of a single make, organised race series backed by Ariel Motor Company. Running alongside other motorsport series as part of the MSVR package, the Atom Cup will offer drivers and spectators the opportunity to see this no limits, lightweight supercar, racing wheel-to-wheel at some of the UK’s best circuits.
Launched in 2011, the F3 Cup caters for Formula 3 chassis built after 1980 and before 2008. F3 Cup was awarded approval by the MSA for full championship status in 2012 as part of the series’ expansion plans, and a change to the regulations saw F3 Cup accept entries from chassis that were constructed and raced up to and including 2007. F3 Cup consists of three classes – Cup 07 Class (cars built from 2002-2007), Trophy 01 Class (1997-2001) and Masters 96 Class (1981-1996). An Invitation Class is also available to enable cars of any age to race, subject to the approval of the organisers.