26/06/2011 - Lotus fans flocked to Snetterton this weekend to
enjoy the third running of the popular MSVR organised Lotus
Festival. While Formula One demonstrations from Iconic cars from
the British marque's history entertained the spectators, there was
also a superb line up of close racing. Follow the action from day
two as it happened (below).
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 18:20 - Toyota MR2 Racing Series -
David Pitard produced another commanding drive to win his second
race of the weekend to conclude the action at the MSVR organised
Pitard, who dominated the opening race, proved to be the class
of the field once again, as he enjoyed an untroubled drive to the
chequered flag. The Hertfordshire based racer crossed the finish
line 17.509 seconds in front of Aaron Pullan and Paul Corbridge in
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:45 - GT Cup Championship - A
stunning start from Andy Ruhan paved the way for his second win of
the weekend to extend his lead in the GT Cup Championship.
The Irishman driving a Porsche 997 leapt off the line and
slipped between David Tomlin and Gary Eastwood to take the lead, as
the field headed into Riches. Eastwood put up a strong fight
throughout the race, but Ruhan held firm until the chequered
Eastwood did however keep Ruhan honest, and at one point the gap
to the leader was only eight tenths of a second. But despite his
efforts, Eastwood was unable to find a way through and Ruhan
clinched his second win of the weekend. Peter Bamford finished on
the podium in third, Group 2 honours were claimed by Tom Andrew and
Barclay Dougal won Group 3.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:45 - F1 Demonstration- The Lotus
F1 cars head out to entertain the packed spectator banks for their
final demonstration run of the Lotus Festival weekend.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:30 - Lotus on Track Elise Trophy-
Luigi Mazza completed a perfect weekend with his second win of the
day in the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy.
Mazza had to fight hard to return to the top step of the podium
after starting from ninth, courtesy of the reverse grid. However,
the Londoner produced a determined drive to take the chequered
Craig Denman stormed into the lead at the start and he was
followed by Chris Dunster and pole man Nigel Hannam. Dunster hung
onto the back of Denman and briefly took the lead starting lap
three, but was forced to slot into seocnd spot at
Riches. Meanwhile Mazza and Ken Savage were battling for third
Denman began to break away from the field at the front, but
Savage and Mazza moved passed Dunster to claim second and third
respectively. Mazza then slipped by Savage and began to reel in
As the field came to the end of the penultimate lap, Denman made
a mistake at Coram and dropped to fourth, handing Mazza the lead.
Mazza successfully completed the final lap to take the victory from
Savage and Dunster. Steve Quick crossed the finish line in fourth
with Stuart Rowland in fifth place, after finding his way through
traffic from the back of the grid.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 14:25 - Lotus Cup UK- The Lotus
Evora of ex-Grand Prix driver Martin Donnelly and Gavan Kershaw
took the victory in the one hour race at a sweltering
Donnelly and Kershaw made the most of their pole position and
they lead the field into Riches, closely followed by Mark Fullalove
and the 340R of David Harvey and Oliver Webb. Former British
Touring Car driver Phil Bennett was less fortunate as his Elise
failed to start and a retirement followed.
The Evora soon built a healthy advantage and the race turned
into a straight fight between Donnelly and Fullalove. With Donnelly
and Fullalove off into the distance, Webb was holding off Pat
McBennett for third, with Steve Williams chasing the pair of them
At the front, Donnelly and Kesrhaw lost the lead briefly while
making a pit stop, but their pace was strong enough to retain first
position, following the round of pit stops. Fullalove continued to
push, but his victory hopes were dashed when he was given a two lap
penalty for a pit stop infringement. He eventually finished the
race in 11th place.
Donnelly and Kershaw remained untroubled at the front and they
eased to victory finishing ahead of Steve Williams and Pete
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:40 - F1 Demonstration and Pit
Walk- Lotus fans flood the pit lane to get close to some of the
British marque's most iconic Formula One machinery.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:30 - Toyota MR2 Racing Series-
Darren Pitard demolished the field to win the first race fro the
Toyota MR2 Racing Series.
Pitard was untouchable throughout the race and he eventually
crossed the finish line 18.5 seconds in front of Simon Lockey with
Aaron Pullan in third.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:05 - GT Cup Championship- Andy
Ruhan extended his lead in the GT Cup Championship after producing
a commanding drive to victory in race one.
The Porsche 997 of Ruhan leapt into the lead off the start and
he was followed by the pole sitter Gary Eastwood, driving his
Ferrari 430. David Tomlin was close behind in third place and on
lap seven he shot into second, after tangling with Eastwood. The
latter was unable to continue.
Peter Morris claimed the final step on the podium in third
taking the Group Two honours in the process. Barclay Dougal
increased his lead in the Group 3 standings, with another class
win, finishing ahead of Mark Radcliffe and Adam Hayes.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:22 - F1 Demonstration- The Iconic
Lotus F1 cars have just been out for the first of three
demonstration runs around the circuit.
Martin Donnelly's Camel Lotus, Jim Clark's Lotus 25, the
futuristic type 58 and the ex-Nelson Piquet Camel Lotus brought the
sound of F1 engines back to Snetterton, with laps around the
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:10 - Lotus on Track Elise Trophy:
Luigi Mazza ended Ken Savage's dominance at the new Snetterton
300 circuit by taking the win in the opening Lotus race of the
Savage was unbeaten on the circuit heading into the weekend with
three victories from the opening round of the season. Despite
starting from pole position, Savage was pushed all the way by
Mazza, with the Londoner ending the pole man's run of victories at
the Norfolk venue.
The pole sitter led the way in the early stages of the race but
Mazza was filling his mirrors looking for a way through. Double
winner from Zandvoort, Craig Denman made the best start, as he
slotted into third place from eighth on the grid. The trio soon
pulled away from the chasing pack.
Mazza's pressure on the leader finally told on lap four when he
slipped through and into the lead at Brundle. The race soon turned
into a battle between the pair and Savage regained the lead on lap
seven. But Mazza forced his way passed a lap later and he held on
to take the win from Savage and Denman.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:10 - Toyota MR2 Racing Series:
David Pitard obliterated the field in qualifying to secure pole
position for this morning's race.
Pitard grabbed pole position with an impressive time which was
3.3 seconds faster than nearest rival Simon Lockley. Gary Lawrence
was third fastest with Ralph Budd in fourth.
26/06/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 09:00 - Welcome to Snetterton for
the second day of the MSVR organised Lotus Festival where we have
packed racing schedule lined up.
This weekend the Norfolk venue will be celebrating all things
Lotus. There will also be Formula One demonstrations and a superb
line up of close racing provided by four of MSVR's
championships/series. A world record attempt for the most Lotuses
on track at one time will take place this afternoon.
MSVR's Lotus Cup UK, Lotus on Track Elise Trophy and GT Cup
Championship are all on the bill to entertain today. There will
also be demonstrations from classic Lotus Formula machinery,
including Jim Clark's Lotus 25 and Martin Donnelly's iconic Camel
Lotus. The Toyota MR2 Racing series will also entertain the crowds.
For live updates for each race keep checking this page throughout
the day. Don't forget to follow us on twitter @MSVRacing.
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Photos by Roy NG and Oliver Read.