Lotus Cup Europe makes a welcome return to the ADAC Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark revival for the championship’s opening round of 2024 this weekend 3-5th May 2024

Friday 3 May 2024

Lotus Cup Europe makes a welcome return to the ADAC Hockenheim Historic – Jim Clark revival for the championship’s opening round of 2024 this weekend 3-5th May 2024.

2024 sees a number of new drivers including Giacomo Giubergia, and father and son pair Enrique & Matteo Riccardi from Italy, Scotland’s Campbell Cassidy and Luxembourg’s Patrick Reiles looking to get in on the action.

Two multiple champions return for 2024, Tamas Vizin and Bence Balogh.  They are joined by last years champion Mark Yates, who now sports the number 1.

All classes are well represented with the 211/Open class having a record number of competitors this year, especially with several drivers returning at later rounds. JP & Nathalie Genoud-Prachex always provide some close and competitive racing while Giacomo Giubergia is Italy’s leading Lotus driver having won Lotus Cup Italia in his last full seasons racing. Father and son Enrique & Matteo Riccardi also join from Italy while David Harvey will return with his 340R.

The GT Cup class eventually sees an Emira GT4 join driven by German Wolfgang Henseler after a number of delays. Multiple Lotus Cup Europe champion and arguably the benchmark Lotus racer in the World Bence Balogh returns sharing his immaculate Evora GT4 with father Gyorgy.  Britain’s Jason McInulty is always looking to push for a top spot, and 2024 will be no different as he once again competes in his Evora GT4. There’s high hopes for at least one more Emira to join the grid in ’24 as well.

The Exige Cup class sees the return of all the drivers from 2023, Former multiple champion Tamas Vizin will certainly be looking to not just win races outright but take the overall crown again. A task that will pit him against Luxembourg’s Paul Marechal who ran him so close last year. They will be joined by championship stalwart Thierry Verhiest, German rain specialist Rainer Borgens and Swedish porn star Daniel Palma at the opening round.

 

The Production class continues to be a firm favourite with the drivers, as it always provides the closest and most competitive racing, 2024 promises to be no different.  Last years overall champion Mark Yates returns in the number 1 car while Belgium’s rising talent Robbe Janssens competes in his first full season. Scottish driver Campbell Cassidy joins the grid, having previously competed in Lotus Cup UK some years ago. David McInulty makes the switch from 211O to Production while Mick Edwards continues some 15+ years since he started racing a Lotus with LoTRDC. Team owner Dave Carr also returns as does the ever consistent Kai Leyman in his beautifully prepared Elise Cup R.

Tyre supplier Nankang continue to support the championship, with all cars once again sporting the CR-S semi slick tyre.

After starting at Hockenheim after a five-year hiatus, the series returns to the Magny-Cours, a track famous for its technical layout and high-speed straights.  Next, the series heads to the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for a thrilling 50-minute race. The action then continues at Circuit Zolder on the 24-hours event. Next up is Anneau du Rhin a circuit last visited by LCE prior to LoTRDC’s involvement many years ago.  The championship concludes as with last year at the wonderful Dijon Motors Cup historic event.

Each circuit has its own unique characteristics and challenges, promising a diverse and exciting championship.

Enjoy the races!