The 10th December saw the first in what will be an annual driver prospect day for the Lotus Cup and Lotus Elise Trophy Championship. Over twenty drivers turned out to try cars from Datum Motorsport, Rob Boston Racing, Matthew Bentley Racing and track-club. Several different variants of car were on offer for drivers to try out including an S1 Elise, S2 Elise R, S2 Exige NA and this years Championship winning Exige V6 Cup R.
Despite the wet conditions most drivers settled in well to the cars with a number surprised at the pace and level of grip available, all of the drivers present raced in various other series in 2016 and many explained that they liked the look of the Lotus Championships due to the high driving standards with very little car damage and also the single day format with a lot of track time.
Thanks to all of the drivers who turned out and showed everyone showed their skill and talent by bringing the cars back in one piece, despite the best efforts of the Silverstone winter weather.
For some it was their first time on the Grand Prix layout, others making the change from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive, and some Lotus fans with Elise road cars getting the chance to feel the difference on the race versions.
Everyone came out of the cars with a smile on their faces and a good number talking about making the move to the Elise Trophy in 2017 having enjoyed their day so much.
Also there on the day were Bell & Colvill (http://www.bellandcolvill.co.uk) who brought along a Lotus 3-Eleven demonstrator which spent the whole day doing passenger laps in the capable hands of David Pittard as well as the latest Exige Cup 380 which several drivers sampled on the day.
A number of drivers have followed up with the teams that were there representing the two championships on the day and with over ten drivers already signed up and paid for the Elise Trophy Championship and eight for the Lotus Cup Championship the 2017 season is shaping up for it's busiest season so far.
Thanks to the teams - Datum (http://www.datummotorsport.com/) , Matthew Bentley Racing, (http://matthewbentleyracing.co.uk/) Rob Boston Racing (http://www.robbostonracing.com/) and track-club (http://www.track-group.com/track-club/) providing the cars and support during the day.
The Championship once again features trips to Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit as well as driver favourites like Snetterton 300, Oulton Park and Donington Park. The 2017 calendar features eight single day meetings all of which are 30 minute double header events with a reverse top ten format for race two. All rounds feature a separate practice and qualifying session and full driver hospitality.