Lotus Cortina 50th Anniversary
A huge field of spectacular action from two Cortina-only races will form the centrepiece of the car’s 50th anniversary celebrations, joining a packed race programme. The Cortina was the first of many collaborations between the legendary sportscar marque and mainstream manufacturers and helped establish Ford of Britain during the 1960s. With the Lotus modifications the car’s appeal to sporting drivers helped turn the Cortina into one of the biggest selling cars of the century, whilst its endeavours in competitive environments yielded success on the track and in the forests.
Lotus Cup Europe
Lotus Cup Europe is an FIA approved International race series designed to offer Lotus owners the opportunity to experience some of the best race circuits in Europe with like-minded enthusiasts. The series is the World’s only official Group Lotus race series and attracts many competitors from all over Europe. With five classes catering for the vast majority of Lotus race cars from the production Elise through to the latest Exige V6, a road going control tyre and regulations which are policed by Group Lotus there is no better single marque European championship to compete in.
Lotus Cup UK
Launched in 2011 with huge grids unrivalled in British motorsport. Lotus Cup UK is aimed at drivers who want all the benefits of a Championship, alongside longer 60-120 minute races that include exciting pit stops. With 8 rounds including the very best UK circuits in addition to a visit to Spa-Francorchamps, there really is no better Championship in which to race. Prestigious events in 2013 include DTM. The five groups ensure that the vast majority of Lotus race cars can compete, from the Elise Trophy Production cars up to 2-Elevens.
Lotus on Track Elise Trophy
Widely regarded as the UK’s premier club racing series, the Elise Trophy features a single class system placing the emphasis on ability. With a fantastic calendar including prestigious support slots and the best of British circuits, drivers can also compete in the Lotus Cup UK & Lotus Cup Europe Production classes. Aimed as a safe and social environment for those wishing to move from track days into racing, the Elise Trophy has seen over 80 drivers race for the very first time since its inception in 2007.
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. There was an eclectic mix of cars last season and the 2013 grid should be just as varied.
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.
Sports 2000 Enduro
Sports 2000 caters for a restricted-rules class of open-cockpit sports-prototype racecars. The class was born at Brands Hatch over 40 years ago and still thrives today. Aimed at the club racer these 1 hr ‘enduro’ races allow a taste of endurance racing for all to enjoy. A level playing field is forced with limitations on tyres, fuel, pit crew and a graded driver classification system. Fantastic fun and enjoyed by all with packed grids.
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.