Lotus puts in dominant performance at Rockingham14 August 2006 -- Rounds 11 and 12 of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship provided further evidence of Lotusâ€™s dominant performance at the top of the GT3 class. In the first qualifying session for Round 11, Gavan Kershaw put in a spectacular lap to record the third quickest time of the session behind the Le Mans-winning Panoz car of Hines/Kimber-Smith and the third-placed Le Mans Ferrari 430 of Niarchos/Mullen. Barrie Whight recorded another sensational lap in second qualifying, going fourth fastest overall, putting him only one second behind the Porsche 997 GT3 of Cocker, and handing Lotus grid slots at the head of the field for both of the dayâ€™s rounds.
Race 1 (Round 11) provided further action on the banked Rockingham circuit which saw the new straight out of the box Lotus Sport of Exige GT3 of Paul Whight and new-boy Russell Treasure storm up to eight place after starting fourteenth on the grid. This was partly thanks to the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 being the only car on the grid capable of going round the Rockingham banking at full throttle gaining an extra second per lap over its fellow competitors. Individual performances from Lotus Sport Cadena drivers handed the team second, third and fourth positions in Round 11 of the GT3 Driverâ€™s Championship.
From fourth on the grid, race 2 (Round 12) saw Barrie Whight putting in a strong drive to pick up a place to power ahead of the Porsche 997 GT3 of Machitski/Cocker. Kershaw then held 3rd place right to the chequered flag to take third place overall for Round 12 of the British GT Championship, rounding off the weekendâ€™s impressive points haul. Duos Paul Whight and Russell Treasure and Sam Blogg and George Mackintosh finished in eleventh and twelfth place overall, which put Lotus Sport Cadena in first, third and fourth place respectively in the GT3 Driverâ€™s Class for Round 12.
Commenting on the dominant Lotus performance at Rockingham, Paul Whight, Team Principal of Lotus Sport Cadena explains: â€śdespite some technical issues, the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 was very much on a level playing field with the higher-powered competitors in the championship such as those of Porsche and Ferrari, which shows how much progress we have made with our development programme. It has also enabled us to consolidate our lead at the top of the GT3 drivers and team championships which is very encouraging going into the next race at the legendary Brands Hatch circuit.â€ť
GT3 driverâ€™s championship leaders Sam Blogg and George Mackintosh have now completed a total race distance 3500 km in their Lotus Sport Exige without incurring any technical problems. Lotus leads Barwell Motorsport by 18 points in the GT3 Team classification. Rounds 13 and 14 of the British GT Championship will be held at Brands Hatch, Kent on 27 August, 2006.
About Lotus Sport: Lotus Sport is the performance arm of Lotus Cars Ltd and is located at the Norfolk Head Office next to the famous Hethel test track. The department designs and builds modified versions of the standard Lotus road cars with special emphasis on upgraded performance, improved ride and handling packages and race specific safety equipment. Individual performance parts to customise or upgrade a vehicle are available via Lotus Sport and its workshops can service, repair, restore or upgrade a standard road or competition Lotus. In addition, Lotus Sport provides a range of driving packages using the renowned Hethel test circuit, including driver training and corporate days, as well as offering enthusiasts a guided tour of the Lotus factory.
About Cadena Consult Ltd: Cadena Consult Ltd was created specifically for the 2005 British GT Series although it did enter certain FIA GT and Spanish GT rounds with mixed results using the Mosler GT2 chassis. The origins of the team stem from a ten year interest in motor sport by team principal Paul Whight who has raced historic Aston Martins, CanAm cars and then the last Group C Aston Martin chassis â€“ AMR-1 â€“ which ran at Le Mans in 1989 at the hands of David Leslie. Previously, Paul Whight was involved in the successful campaign of a Lotus Sport Elise in the Cup Class of the 2004 British GT Series.
Source: Lotus Sport Cadena Team