Lotus Cup Goes Global For 2011

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    Lotus Cup Goes Global For 2011

    Lotus Cup Goes Global For 2011
    New participating countries, rules mark 2011 event
    www.gminsidenews.com
    February 2nd, 2011
    By: Carl Malek


    The Lotus Race Cup Series has always been an intriguing and interesting race series for those that like to see all kinds of current Lotus models duke it out for a chance to claim the checkered flag. For the 2011 season, Lotus has revamped the race schedule to include the USA, Great Britain, and Eastern Europe. The addition of these new nations to the race schedule will not only bring new challenges to the drivers, but also introduce the series to a new group of fans that may have otherwise missed out on watching the races live. With the Cup's growth in size, Lotus has also consolidated the races to work with only one set of rules, regulations, and race formats for the first time ever with the changes going into effect this year. This will put the drivers on an even playing field and is guaranteed to add new twists to this years event.


    Full Press Release And Schedule Below





    Lotus Cup: All For One And One For All!

    Popular Lotus Cup Race Series gets a global makeover

    Over the years, the Lotus Cup Race Series has developed into one of the most successful race series brands in the world, often with capacity grids of Elise, Exige, 2-Eleven and Europa race cars racing and jostling for position. Previously operated from several countries in Europe and Japan , the Lotus Cup has now expanded considerably to include the USA , UK and Eastern Europe .

    Not only has the Lotus Cup grown in size, the organisation of the series has been consolidated. For the first time this year, drivers will now race to one set of rules, regulations and formats in championships around the world including:

    • Lotus Cup UK
    • Lotus Cup Europe
    • Lotus Cup Italy
    • Lotus Cup USA (West Coast)
    • Lotus Cup USA (East Coast)
    • Lotus Cup Eastern Europe
    • Lotus Cup Japan

    Director of Lotus Motorsport Claudio Berro said: “Lotus sports car racing is one of the most popular forms of accessible motorsport in the world, both at a spectator and participant level. Now is the time to bring these championships under the Lotus umbrella, to ensure consistent look and feel to the competition. This will have obvious benefits to the current drivers and encourage new racers, ensuring that the cars and components remain good value and the competition retains its accessibility.”

    Lotus will provide increased support and investment for these race series and will also ensure that the new Cup Championships retain the community feel and friendliness that an enthusiast based race series needs.

    The Lotus Cup Championships will receive a new identity, logos, branding, website and Corporate Identity which are aligned closely to Lotus’ new motorsport strategy and initiatives announced over the last few months and consolidated at the Autosport show last weekend.

    Global Calendars for the Lotus Cup Championships (subject to change)

    Lotus Cup UK – 2011

    19th-20th March


    Snetterton

    17th April


    Silverstone

    25th-26th June


    Snetterton

    22nd-24th July


    Brands Hatch

    13th-14th August


    Donington Park

    30 September – 2nd October


    Spa Francorchamps






    Lotus Cup Europe – 2011


    30th April–1st May


    Dijon Prenois

    14th–15th May


    Magny Cours

    1st – 3rd July


    Nurburgring

    22nd – 24th July


    Brands Hatch

    17th – 18th September


    Zolder

    30th September – 2nd October


    Spa Francorchamps






    Lotus Cup Italy – 2011


    16th – 17th April


    Vallelunga

    7th – 8th May


    Imola

    11th – 12th June


    Varano de Melegari

    8th – 10th July


    Rijeka

    30th – 31st July


    Mugello

    24th – 25th September


    Monza

    15th – 16th October


    Franciacorta

    12th – 13th November


    Varano de Melegari






    Lotus Cup USA (West) – 2011


    5th -6th March


    Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond , CA

    9th – 10th April


    Firebird International Raceway, Pheonix , AZ

    28th – 29th May


    Auto Club Speedway , Fontana , CA

    25th – 26th June


    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey , CA

    27th – 28th August


    Miller Motorsports Park , Salt Lake City , UT

    24th – 25th September


    Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow , CA

    15th – 16th October


    Spring Mountain Raceway, Pahrump , NV

    5th – 6th November


    Las Vegas Motor Speedway , Las Vegas , NV






    Lotus Cup USA (East) – 2011

    9th May


    Watkins Glen International Raceway, Watkins Glen, NY

    31st July


    Virginia International Raceway, Alton , VA

    5th September


    Barber Motorsports Park , Birmingham . AL






    Lotus Cup Eastern Europe – 2011



    29th April – 1st May


    Hungaroring, Hungary

    20th May – 22nd May


    A1 Ring , Austria

    24th June – 26th June


    Slovakiaring, Slovakia

    19th August – 21st August


    Slovakiaring, Slovakia

    26th August – 28th August


    PannoniaRing, Hungary

    16th – 18th September


    A1 Ring , Austria

    14th - 16th October


    Salzburgring, Austria






    Lotus Cup Japan – 2011


    Dates yet to be confirmed.




    For further information regarding the Lotus Cup please contact Lotus Motorsport: [email protected]
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