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
    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


    17th April


    25th-26th June


    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


    22nd – 24th July

    Brands Hatch

    17th – 18th September


    30th September – 2nd October

    Spa Francorchamps

    Lotus Cup Italy – 2011

    16th – 17th April


    7th – 8th May


    11th – 12th June

    Varano de Melegari

    8th – 10th July


    30th – 31st July


    24th – 25th September


    15th – 16th October


    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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