Mark Bithrey (Ex MR2 Championship Driver) takes on new challenge in the Lotus Elise Trophy Championship.
Mark impressed us with his on-track performance during Round 7 - Donington Park with his new Lotus Elise S1 run by ES Motorsport. It's Mark's first time back on the track racing for a few years since his MR2 championship in 2012 but, he's hoping the experience gained in these last 2 rounds will help kick-start his campaign in 2019.
We caught up with Mark just after Donington to find out how he's feeling about this new challenge.
When did you start racing?
I started in 2012 with the MR2 championship in a mark 2 car. I only had one track day before sitting my ARDS and then found myself on the grid at Brands Hatch on a very wet day with over 30 cars. Talk about daunting.
What is it you enjoy about racing?
The speed is an obvious thing and the Elise is such a quick little car but really it’s the chase, learning how to pass someone and finding and taking the right opportunity. It’s a kind of cat and mouse game but played out at high speed.
What car/team are you racing in/for?
I am racing a blue S1 Elise with ES Motorsport providing team support something I did not have when racing previously.
What are your ambitions for the final round and next season?
The main objective of entering the last two rounds was to get time in the car and flesh out any little niggles with the car so I can improve the car and myself over the winter ready to attack next season.
What advice would you give to people wanting to start racing?
What are you waiting for? There is nothing quite like that moment when you are on the starting grid waiting for the lights to go out on your first race. The combination of nerves and excitement. There is also great camaraderie within the paddock with everyone happy to muck in if things go wrong. A real family feeling.
Do you want to mention/thank any sponsors or partners?
Yes please, a big thank you goes out to Dave and the team at ES Motorsport who prepped the car and really looked after me at Donnington. Also Malcolm Edeson for his patience on my track day and helping me to understand the balance of the car.
Thinking of joining the Lotus Cup UK Championship? Find out more here.