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Lotus cars light up the Norfolk night

Saturday, November 01 2014

The Lotus season ended on home soil last weekend with the final rounds of the Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Elise Trophy and Speed 2014 championships.

In the marquee Lotus 'into the night' two-hour race, Steve Train took the honours. Fabio Randaccio led for much of the opening 60 minutes but pulled up with a mechanical issue, promoting Marcus Jewell to the front. He collected full points on the hour mark, which helped him to the 2-Eleven class title.

Train assumed the lead on lap 40 and wasn't troubled from there on. There was a scare in the final few laps though, as the runaway leader slowed by 17 seconds on the penultimate lap and almost one minute in the final lap, as he attempted to avoid another lap. That brought the hugely impressive 16-year-old Alex Reed and more experienced partner Callum MacLeod to within 12 seconds at the flag, but not close enough to pinch the win. Adam Knight completed the podium thanks to a late pass on team-mate Adam Balon, a move vital in Knight claiming the overall SuperSport title. Adam Gore Production's win secured the Production championship, to add to his Lotus Elise Trophy title.

Gore sat out the final rounds of the Elise Trophy having wrapped up the championship in September. Jason Baker and Craig Denman were closely matched in the first race, with Baker passing Denman on the penultimate lap for the win. Denman made short work of the pack in the reverse grid race two, going from eighth place to first on the opening lap. Baker was second by lap four, but make meaningful inroads into the gap. James Little completed the podium in both.

The Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship linked up with MSVR for the second time this season. It was Stephen Morrison whose second sprint time was the day's best, ahead of Elise Trophy racer Simon Oakley. Inaugural champion Xavier Brooke claimed second in class.

The huge field of the Track Attack Autumn Trophy was led all weekend by Martin Kemp. Having taken pole by some eight seconds, he claimed a dominant hat-trick, heading Richard Hockley and Henry Curtis in each by over 15 seconds.

MSVR returns to Snetterton for one last time in 2014 this weekend with the first rounds of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship. Tickets cost £10 in advance, children 12 years and under go free. Click here to book.