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F1 cars and Lotus Cortinas provide celebrations at Festival

Sunday, August 25 2013

Formula 1 cars returned to Brands Hatch today (Sunday) for the Lotus Festival, the second time that the event celebrating the British sports and racing marque has been held on the Grand Prix circuit.

Demonstration runs from the classic World Championship-winning Type 49, rare Type 58 and Type 91, the last car to record a Grand Prix win in founder Colin Chapman's lifetime, provided a stirring sight and sound. All three were prepared on behalf of their owners by Classic Team Lotus, which is run by Chapman's son Clive and employs some of the original mechanics.

Lotus Fest 2013 1There was a further link to the past with a pair of thrilling Lotus Cortina 50th Anniversary races over the weekend, provided stunning sideways action and close dicing. A huge turnout of Lotus Cortina owners also took to the track for a parade which also featured touring car legends Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore, both of whom took to Jim Clark's former road car. They also presented the race winners with their trophies.

An Esprit timeline and collection of rare 340Rs joined cars old and new off the circuit, whilst there was also entertainment in the air with an aerobatic display.

Lotus Fest 2013 2A series of races for modern Lotus cars, included the Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup Europe and Lotus Cup UK. Star of the day was Andrew Bentley, who took a win and second place in the Elise Trophy races, whilst also delivering two stunning drives from the back of the grid in a Lotus Cup Europe-entered Evora. He was unable to collect his trophy for winning the Elise Trophy race because he was busy driving to second place in the Lotus Cup Europe encounter at the time!

The Lotus Cup UK race provided a grandstand finish and there were emotional scenes on the podium as winner Simon Deacon explained: "This race is dedicated to Anthony (Humphries of entrant Datum Motorsport, who passed away a few days before the event). It was a big shock to us all and the team rallied round, got everything together and this race is dedicated to him and his family, girlfriend and all the supporters that we've had."

The next major event at Brands Hatch will be Modified Live on 29 September and more F1 cars are expected to appear on the track for demonstration runs. Tickets are available for £12 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.