There’s a packed racing programme with 8 championships.
Headlining will be Lotus Cup Europe – the FIA accredited championship featuring the cream of Europe’s Lotus racers.
A full support programme of races from single seaters to saloons is also confirmed. There are 8 races on Saturday and 8 on Sunday.
Lotus Cup Europe
Lotus Cup Europe, now in its Eleventh year, is the premier Lotus race championship in the World. It is approved by the FIA and enjoys similar status to prestigious series such as GP2 and DTM. The Championship has full European wide TV coverage and receives huge support from the Lotus community at events, with over 50,000 FaceBook fans.
Race weekends include a minimum of 30 mins free practice, and this is followed by 30 minutes of qualifying. There are two half-hour races, with both standing and rolling starts employed. Some rounds see more practice and there are three races at Paul Ricard an Le Mans.
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, Elises 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.
There will be an extra race at the season’s final round at Le Mans. The series will support the popular 24 Heures Camions event, which attracts a crowd of 100,000 to the famous French circuit. Double points will be awarded in the final race of the three. We’re certain to be assured that the overall and class championships will go right down to the wire as it did in 2015. In addition to Le Mans, Lotus Cup Europe visits many of the continent’s finest circuits, with events taking place on classic Grand Prix venues including Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder in Belgium, Paul Ricard in France, Silverstone GP & Brands Hatch GP in the UK and Hockenheim in Germany. 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 24 Heures Camions.
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.
The Sports 2000 championship caters for prototype vehicles. There are multiple classes which are decided by the type of 2000cc engine the cars run. The grids for this championship are always over subscribed, ensuring great racing throughout the field.
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.
Lotus Cup & Lotus Elise Trophy (combined grid)
Lotus Cup UK was launched by LoTRDC in 2011, averaging 40 starters in its first season. Due to it’s huge success, the grid was split creating separate SuperSport & Production championships.
LCUK continued with huge grids until LoTRDC decided they wanted to concentrate their efforts as a club of volunteer Lotus enthusiasts on the much higher profile Lotus Cup Europe FIA approved championship and the Lotus enthusiast based Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship.
Thus, the championship was sold to new owners for the 2015 season. The championship has been rebranded to become Lotus Cup and still offers championships for SuperSport and the other Production cars. Formats have evolved from the original Endurance races of between 60 & 120mins to a new exciting format of either 2 x 30mins races or a 1hr race.
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. One of the most successful and high profile championships during it’s time under LoTRDC, with average grids of well over 30 cars, huge International events and celebrity drivers it was also sold to the current owners for the 2015 season. It continues to have some rounds with the original format of 2 x 20mins races but for the majority of races this year it is now on a combined grid with Lotus Cup, this is the case this weekend.
This weekend Lotus Cup & Lotus Elise Trophy are combined on a single grid, not two separate as in previous years.
The Radical Challenge is open to Radical SR3s, PR6 SuperSports and ProSports. The fast sportscars provide the perfect proving ground for drivers taking their first steps in sportscars or gentleman drivers alike.
Toyo Tires Racing Saloons
An eclectic mix of saloons make up the Toyo Tires Racing Saloons and there are always plenty of them. From Renault 5s to the BMW E30s, there’s a saloon for everyone and great competition in each class.
Featuring F3 machinery from the past 30 years, F3 Cup hosts three classes of F3 cars: Cup 07 (cars from 2002-2007), Trophy 01 (1997-2001) and Masters 96 (1981-1996). The acclaimed series offers great racing in sophisticated cars on a sensible budget.
MSVT Trackday Trophy
The MSVT Trackday Trophy offers trackday drivers the perfect platform to take their first steps into competitive motorsport. There’s a friendly and relaxed feel to the series, but that doesn’t take anything away from the racing!