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Global Lotus Cup Schedule Announced - Web Exclusive

Previously operated from several countries in Europe and Japan, the Lotus Cup has now expanded considerably to include the USA, UK and Eastern Europe.

Feb 2, 2011

Over many years, the Lotus Cup Race Series has developed into one of the most successful series in the world, often with capacity grids of Elise, Exige, 2-Eleven and Europa racecars jostling for position.

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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 organization of the series has been consolidated. For the first time, 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. Now is the time to bring these championships under the Lotus umbrella, to ensure a consistent look and feel to the competition."

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

The Lotus Cup Championships will receive a new identity, logos, branding and website aligned closely to the new Lotus motorsport strategy and initiatives announced over the last few months.

2011 Lotus Cup Championships (subject to change)

Lotus Cup UK
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
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

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Lotus Cup Italy
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)
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)
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
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
Dates yet to be confirmed

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