Brands Hatch March 2010

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Datum Motorsport

Brands Hatch March 2010

Datum Motorsport

Datum Motorsport

Brands Hatch March 2010

Brands Hatch March 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2011 Motorsport Activities.

This year we will be competing in several Lotus series and Championships. All our cars and drivers will be trying to win their respective classes in Lotus Cup UK, a brand new championship for this year which is a progression from the highly successful Elise Trophy.

We have two 2- Elevens competing in the 2-Eleven class, driven by Tom Chatterway and Mark Gooday. Both Drivers are now very experienced after two full seasons in these cars and with the updates over the winter are sure to be regularly competing for the podium. Both Drivers are also exploring what racing on the continent has to offer by also entering all the rounds of the Lotus Cup Europe series which is growing by the year and with new circuits on the calendar this season promises to boast large grids again.

We have an Elise R driven by Steve Quick , who will be trying to live up to his name by challenging for the Production Class in Lotus Cup UK as well as selected rounds of the Elise Trophy. Although relatively new to Motorsport , in a short space of time Steve has achieved his International B licence and is looking to gain further experience this year from Lotus racing and be a consistent podium challenger.

In the Open Class of Lotus Cup UK Mark Speller , our driver coach, will be driving a unique Lotus 340r (also owned by Mark Gooday) which we have prepared over the last 12 months. The car has previously been raced by the owner and was intended for trackdays only from now on , however with the regulations lending themselves to the spec of the car , we're aiming for another class winner.

Snetterton 300 19+20 March.

With all drivers practicing on the new look Snetterton circuit, designed and developed by Jonathan Palmer we were all set for start of the new season. Unfortunately due to work commitments Mark Gooday was unable to join us for the weekend , leaving Tom Chatterway to fight for 211 honours.

Qualifying

The session was started with all cars leaving the pit lane to a dry track and with ever rising temperatures promised to be a very quick session. Steve Quick set the team standard very high by securing pole position in production by just eight hundreds of a second, building on his experience gained earlier that morning after qualifying 4th for the Elise Trophy Race.

Tom Chatterway also maintaning the top slot in 211 Class until the very last lap of the session where he was pipped to pole in class by 211 rival Simon Deacon by just 0.1 of a second!

Mark Speller meanwhile had gained good track position and crucially a clear track enabling him to set the quickest times of the session securing class and overall pole positions from fellow instructor Jamie Stanley by 1.2 seconds. A good session for the team with a clear objective for the race.

Race

With all cars prepared and ready to go , the team had worked out a good strategy for the race which now involves a 3 minute pit stop which is mandatory for all competitors. All drivers would pit at separate times making sure that the timings were accurate.

With the race starting under a rolling start format Mark Speller led the field onto the start straight at a very steady 40mph , when the red lights went out Speller got a good start in the ultra light 340r, making sure of the race lead into turn 1. Tom Chatterway got an even better start gaining two places at the first corner making it a Datum 1-2 on lap one, with Steve Quick holding station and keeping the production class lead.

Tom clearly having his hands full fending off Simon Deacon in a thrilling 211 class battle which involved the positions changing several times in the following laps. This allowed Speller to get a comfortable lead which could prove vital with the upcoming pit stop. Steve Quick was also showing good pace , extending his class lead every lap.

The safety car was then deployed ironically around the half way point in the race with Tom Chatterway to pit first. This stop went all as planned and Tom left the pit lane just 1 second over the 180 second compulsory time. Steve Quick and Mark Speller soon followed with very efficient stops. With the safety car pulling in, it transpired that Steve and Tom had unfortunately lost ground to their class rivals and were now both lying 3rd in class where they would go on to finish, earning two good podium point finishes for the start of their championship campaign. Speller meanwhile had lost the operation of the clutch leaving him stuck in 4th gear as the safety car pulled in. Although luck was not on his side , he did leave the pits the right side of the safety car, this resulted in the car being brought back in 3rd overall and importantly 1st in class.

All in all a very positive start to this competitive new championship with all drivers picking up trophies and the team running like clockwork.

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