10/09/2012 - A busy weekend for the Lotus on Track Racing
Drivers Club saw them take part in three meetings across
Andy Dolan came through a dramatic final lap drag race to secure
his first win of the season by the slimmest of margins from local
man Craig Denman in the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy at
The Elise Trophy has been renowned for its close racing but
Dolan's triumph in race one will go down as one of the closest ever
finishes in its illustrious history.
The Scot was the star of qualifying as he grabbed pole by a
three tenths of a second from Denman with Ben Hyland in third. The
trio were separated by just six tenths of a second. But all Dolan's
hard work in qualifying quickly unravelled on the opening lap as he
fell to fifth. Denman took the lead from Hyland while Dolan began
to recover the lost ground.
Hyland was close on Denman's tail but was unable to exploit any
gaps to take the lead. Just behind them a hard charging Dolan was
coming through and determined to at least finish on the podium. As
the final lap began, Dolan managed to move onto the tail of Denman
and a terrific battle unfolded, which came down to the final
corner. Dolan managed to get a better run on to the start/finish
straight to take the flag by 0.082s seconds. Hyland secured the
final spot on the podium in third.
However, not to be outdone Denman finished his weekend on a high
with a win in the second race in front of his home crowd. He
finished ahead of Ben Hyland, who just got the better of Dolan by
three tenths at the flag.
Further south at Dijon-Prenois, Evora driver Gregory Rasse
carried on his winning form from Spa to take two more victories at
the former Grand Prix venue. Both races were fiercely contested,
with Xavier Georges taking pole position and Jean-Baptiste Meusnier
proving to be a force in both encounters, in particular taking the
lead in the opening contest.
Britain's Jonathan Walker claimed two podium places, with team
mates Georges and Jeremy Lorenco also making the rostrum on a
blisteringly hot weekend. A close Production battle went the way of
Nigel Ayres in both races, but Jose Vaslin and Matt Bartlett were
never far away.
The Lotus on Track Racing Drivers Club team completed the
Barcelona 24 Hour race in 39th place. Despite entering
the oldest and least powerful car in the field, the drivers
completed 402 laps of the Spanish Grand Prix venue.
Jamie Stanley, competing in his first 24 hour race, ran
15th overall in the early stages, however alternator,
gearbox and wheel stud issues kept the team busy throughout the
event. Quick thinking from Ken Savage saved the car when an oil
pipe failed, meanwhile Steve Quick joined team LoTRDC for his
second Barcelona 24 hours alongside regular James Knight on the
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