Front running Welsh racer Craig Denman has now committed to the 2018 Elise Trophy Championship in a Lotus Elise S3 Cup R.
Craig fought an incredibly hard campaign in the 2017 Elise Trophy Championship in his 111r, winnning nearly all of the races he entered. Unfortunately due to a missed round at Brands Hatch and an unforseen mechanical gremlin at Oulton Park, Craig came 2nd in the overall championship standings.
We sat down with Craig to see what he had to say.
"2018 is largely going to be a development year for me. Although the Lotus S3 Cup is quick out of the box with some extra aero benefits and traction control in the wet, I still don't think its quite as competitive as the winning package I had with the Track-Club built 111r. It's much heavier for a start but it's a fantastic platform to work from and Jason McNulty was hugely competitive in 2017 with his S3 Cup."
When did you start racing?
I did a few races in 2008, 2009 and the 2010 Elise Trophy Championships and then 2 full seasons in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 I actually won the championship with Qmech racing in my trusty Elise S1.
What is it you enjoy about racing?
I enjoy driving on the absolute limit, more so than the wheel to wheel action of racing against other drivers. Getting the car to work well and developing my skills as a driver is the most important aspect for me.
What car / team are you racing for this season?
I have a new car for the 2018 season which is the Elise S3 Cup R. I'm excited to start working on the set up of this car to see how far I can take it this season.
What are your ambitions for this season?
As I've mentioned, this is largely going to be a development year for the new car so I'm keeping my expectations realistic. If I can improve the car round by round and steal a few podiums along the way that would be great!
What advice would you give to people wanting to start racing?
Drive fast and don't crash :)
Do you want to mention / thank any sponsors or partners?
I've had loads of help over the years from everyone in the paddock. In the early days it was from Steve Williams at SW Lotus, Datum Motorsport, Qmech, SO Motorsport and ES Motosport. Most of my success however has largely been down to Stephen Docherty at Track-Club. All have been a huge help to keep me racing and I want to give a major thanks to them all.