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track-club win the 2012 Lotus Cup UK Supersport Championship

Steve Train running a track-club motorsport prepared and run Lotus 2-Eleven took the Overall Lotus Cup UK Championship with a stunning drive at Snetterton overcoming being pushed off the track and into the wall by another driver. At one point Steve was last on the road after being pushed off but a determined (and perhaps a little angry) drive combined with excellent pit work saw him fight back into the class lead.

The race topped of an outstanding season where Steve was one of only two drivers who’s car completed every race but the dropped score championship rules meant that whilst other drivers dropped zero scores Steve would have to ‘throw away’ 21 points.

 

Championship rival Simon Deacon retired with gearbox failure early in the race leaving the title straight fight between Steve, Tom Chatterway and Glen Sherwood.

Steve’s race engineer Simon Wilkins kept the championship positions from Steve during the race and gave him minimal information over the radio despite the team knowing the actual positions as the race unfolded. In very slippery conditions Steve lapped consistently faster than the other 2-Elevens benefiting from a set up day the week prior to the championship decider.

track-group Director Stephen Docherty said that “Steve deserved the title, he’s worked hard on his driving both on and off track, Simon has done a great job making sure the car was competitive and reliable and the team have been fantastic all season.”

Steve himself thanked all of the track-club team acknowledging that it was a real team effort to take the title and emphasised that he will be back to defend his title in 2013.

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August 2012 – ATL Dry Break Refuelling for Lotus

track-group release new ATL Dry break refuelling systems for Lotus Elise, Exige and Lotus 2-Eleven.

In conjunction with Aero Tec Laboratories Ltd (ATL) track-group have developed a bespoke ‘plug & play’ system that is an easy fit for the popular Lotus track day and race cars. ATL’s record speaks for itself being a supplier of safety fuel bladder tanks to the motorsport market for over 40 years. Having exclusively supplied the entire Formula One grid for nearly two decades, ATL is now firmly established as the market leader and their systems are on every Formula 1, DTM and BTCC race cars.

The Lotus system is modular and can include a complete system comprising of ATL 70 litre safety cell, car mounted female dry break fitting and Staubli vent valve and a 28 litre refuelling bottle capable of dropping fuel into the car at over 4 litres per second.

The system can be used in conjunction with a normal filler system as well for those who want to refuel normally on some occasions.

This race proven system has already helped a number of drivers to impressive results in Lotus Cup UK including victories in the Lotus 2-Eleven class for Marcus Jewell and Steve Train.

The 2-Eleven system comprises of the same Staubli vent system with a bespoke aluminium panel supporting a 2” female dry break valve replacing the standard filler next with a one piece specially manufactured fluorosilicone lined hose.

Systems start from just £895 and they are available from track-group Ltd and Eliseparts.com.

 


 

track-group are the leading track and race car hire organisation in the UK, their track-club motorsport arm and track-powertrain engine division bringing professional motorsport capability to the club and semi-professional race market. track-group specialise in Lotus and Aston Martin track and race preparation and they are proven race winners in every category of racing they have entered. track-group also represent a number of key motorsport brands including Performance Friction, Motul Oils, ATL refuelling equipment and HKS Performance parts as well as proving engine build and test services to the highest levels of motorsport. For information on track day or race car hire, engine and engine electronics services or track and race preparation and support visit www.track-group.com or e-mail your enquiry to info@track-group.com

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July 2012 – First Aston Martin GT4 win for track-club at Brands Hatch

Bolaji Odunsi took a great if unexpected victory in the track-club run Aston martin Vantage GT4 at a very wet Brands Hatch GP Circuit. A great qualifying performance in the dry put Bolaji P3 on the grid and looking forward to the 60 minute race the following day.

By the time the race came around the day had been mainly wet and despite a drying line in the preceding Formula 3 race the team opted to play safe and stick to wets for the start of the race with the knowledge that the pit window opened after 15 minutes.

This decision was justified by a downpour on the green flag lap and as the race started Bolaji slipped to P4 behind a car that he was clearly able to lap faster than but just couldn’t find a way past. This allowed the leader to open up a significant gap and Olivier Bouche in the lead #22 car did just that.

With Bolaji losing time to the leaders the team elected for an earlier stop that scheduled in the race plan which with the benefit of a timely safety car and problems for the second place car allowed Bolaji out into clear track just in front of the #7 car that he had previously been stuck behind. Now with a clear track Bolaji eased away and set about catching the not quick so quick Mantello who had taken over from Olivier Bouche in the Stratton #22 machine.

In a nail-biting race to the end Bolaji got within 0.5s of Mantello at the chequered flag but the Stratton Motorsport driver was cruelly stripped of the win by the stewards for an infringement when he made contact with another car when re-joining the track after a spin resulting in the race being awarded to Bolaji – not the way he wanted to win his first Aston Martin race but well deserved after an excellent drive!


track-group are the leading track and race car hire organisation in the UK, their track-club motorsport arm and track-powertrain engine division bringing professional motorsport capability to the club and semi-professional race market. track-group specialise in Lotus and Aston Martin track and race preparation and they are proven race winners in every category of racing they have entered. track-group also represent a number of key motorsport brands including Performance Friction, Motul Oils, ATL refuelling equipment and HKS Performance parts as well as proving engine build and test services to the highest levels of motorsport. For information on track day or race car hire, engine and engine electronics services or track and race preparation and support visit www.track-group.com or e-mail your enquiry to info@track-group.com

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Donington Park – Savage Maintains Lead in Lotus Cup UK Championship

Ken Savage drove an excellent race at Donington holding off spirited opposition from a number of drivers and capitalising on a smooth well timed pit stop to maintain his lead in the UK based series for Lotus cars.

Steve Quicks Toyota powered S2 was always likely to have the advantage on the fast flowing Donington circuit and this proved to be the case with the Norwich driver not putting a foot wrong in the 60 minutes on circuit.

Donington Park - Savage Maintains Lead in Lotus Cup UK Championship

Savage was told over the radio to hold second place and not to risk the car or a points finish and he drove well holding off Andy Napier and John Lamaster to take a podium and hold on to the championship lead.

Notes:
Ken Savage runs a track-powertrain build Rover k Series to Elise Trophy regulations with Performance Friction brakes and Quantum dampers. For more information on racing the Elise Trophy series, Lotus Cup UK or Europe or simply trying out an Elise Trophy car please contact Stephen at track-group via info@track-group.com or call 01480 860 707.

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track-club driver wins Lotus Cup UK at Brands Hatch

track-club race team member Ken Savage extended his lead in the Lotus Cup UK Championship with a dominant victory in the Brands Hatch GP event in July. After a disappointing end to the Lotus Elise Trophy race where he was “punted” out of the lead with a few laps to go Ken drover superbly in the feature race to extend his lead in the championship.

track-club driver wins Lotus Cup UK at Brands Hatch

Two other track-club drivers made up the podium with Dan Plant taking a well deserved second followed by Nigel Ayres taking the final podium slot.

Notes:
Ken Savage runs a track-powertrain build Rover k Series to Elise Trophy regulations with Performance Friction brakes and Quantum dampers. For more information on racing the Elise Trophy series, Lotus Cup UK or Europe or simply trying out an Elise Trophy car please contact Stephen at track-group via info@track-group.com or call 01480 860 707.

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Victory in Brands Hatch 1000km race

1988 was the last time a 1000km race was held at Brands Hatch, a race won by Martin Brundle and Andy Wallace in a Jaguar XJR-9. This race perhaps wasn’t quite the glorious Group C level but Paul Golding’s brave decision to resurrect a 1000km race for the Lotus Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup Europe race series was a gamble that at times looked crazy but turned out a spectacular success. The 519 lap 9 hour marathon was absolutely nail biting from start to finish with no team comfortable at any point until the chequered flag.

The track-club Elise R with Marcus Jewell, Greg Noble and Ramon Piñeiro on board took a giant killing overall podium and a class win against 18 other production class cars (a field of 28 Production Class cars and Lotus Cup Europe cars started). With the track-club run Perrys team taking fourth overall and second in class it was a spectacular result for the team in their third season of Lotus racing. Indeed were it not for an off in the first hour then overall victory would have been achieved. Each and every track-club prepared car took the chequered flag an achievement itself regardless of the spectacular race result.

Congratulations to all of the track-club run drivers – Marcus Jewell, Greb Noble, Remon Pinerio, Ken Savage, Martin Roberts, Eugene O’Brien, Simon Jones, Nigel Ayres and Paul Chase Gardener who all completed the 1000km

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New Elise R race car and Audi RS4 for track-club

Despite the busy track day and race season track-club haven’t been letting things slip with regards to fleet development. Planned additions for 2011 are a new race prepared Elise R and a DTM lookalike Audi RS4. track-club Managing Director Stephen Docherty commented that with more and more drivers looking to make the transition from track days to club level sprint and endurance racing the fleet will gradually evolve with more cars available for race hire as well as track day use. The first of these additions will be an Elise R prepared to the same specification as the track-club prepared Elise R raced by Marcus Jewell in the Elise Trophy series in 2010.

 

The Audi RS4 will replacing the popular but ageing BMW E36 M3. track-club will always try and keep at least one ‘super saloon’ and one ‘hot hatch’ on the hire fleet in order to give customers a variety of options. These will always include the ever popular Lotus fleet we will always try and ensure something different is available for those who want something other than a Caterham or Lotus. The awesome Palmer JP1 will remain on the fleet as will the Lotus 2-Eleven which is having a back to bare tub rebuild over the winter months. Ths will also involve the fitting of a full FIA GT4 spec roll cage and a power hike to 270bhp.

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Podiums & Damage at Brands Hatch

Podiums & Damage at Brands HatchAn eventful race weekend at the Elise Trophy race supporting the Brands Hatch World Touring Car Event over three days at Brands Hatch! Plenty of track time was available to the Lotus drivers with two free practice sessions, a full 30 minutes qualifying and then two races.

The weekend saw Ken Savage out racing after some upgrades to improve his S1 Elise – a fuel drain system, some lighter parts and most significantly new Quantum single way adjustable dampers saw Ken achieve his best result of the season so far with a close fourth place in the first race. Marcus Jewell took a podium behind an unstoppable Steve Williams who was on fine form at his favourite circuit.

The podium for Jewell was hard fought after two gravel trap visits in free practice but things didn’t go his way in the second race when he had the front corner damaged in an accident after Hawthorn bend. Things went equally wrong for Greg Noble who hit the wall hard a Paddock Hill bend whilst running in second place but in testament to the safety of the Elises both drivers were fine and the damage was largely cosmetic.

The next Elise Trophy round is at Cadwell Park on Saturday 21st August.

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Race win for track-club at Snetterton Lotus Festival

Race win for track-club at Snetterton Lotus Festivaltrack-club run Elise Trophy driver Marcus Jewell made it three victories in the 2010 series with a win in the first race of the well supported Lotus Festival event at Snetterton. Following up the double victory at Silverstone Jewell drove a superb lights to flag race after a front row lockout for track-club with Rob Myers taking P2 on the grid.

Jewell paid tribute on the podium to the Quantum dampers which have transformed the handling of the Elise R following a long winter build and test program for the car.

The second race saw a reverse grid top ten meaning Jewell had to start from 10th place but another great drive saw him battle through to take the final podium spot after a great battle with James Knight. James madea superb move at the esses in the lighter Elise S1 to take second place with Mick Edwards taking victory effectively reversing the podium slots from the first race.

The Lotus Festival was a tough weekend for track-club with the team running no fewer than ten cars across the four Elise races. In addition to the win and podium for Marcus Jewell the team took a one two in the Lotuc Cup Europe invation class and two podiums for new race David Jacobs in the Exige Class of Lotus Cup Europe. The latter was particularly impressive as the car had only been collected from the factory ten days earlier and it was Davids first race weekend in the series.