Last weekend I was invited to drive for the Go Green Motorsport team at Brands Hatch for the popular Lotus Festival in a Lotus Motorsport car featuring the UK and European Lotus Cup race, the last time I drove one of these cars was back in 2000 when I won the Original Lotus Motorsport Championship taking quite a few wins ( I think 13 ) along the way so was looking forward to getting back in one, and the Go Green Motorsport was definitely the car to be in, highly modified and arguably the fastest car on the grid so I said yes please !
Free Practice didn’t quite go to plan and an engine part failure on my first lap meant I had to return to the pits and the team quickly set about fixing the problem but sadly by the time the new part arrived and was fitted meant we would miss Free Practice and Qualifying so would line up on the very back of the 44 car strong grid in last place with very little testing or car setup.
However the race was a different story, Rob Fenn started the race and drove superbly and quickly managed to make his way up the order and with a couple of ‘expected’ safety cars which worked out perfectly for us when I rejoined the circuit I was in second place only seconds behind the leader and the Go Green Motorsport car was flying, I caught him up initially through the traffic but the tyres on the car had seen their best and with 30 degrees heat the front tyres had started to fade away and I was unable to make a challenge so we eventually finished in 2nd, a great result from last on the grid.
Click here to view some onboard footage from Brands Hatch in the Lotus.
A big thank you to John Danby Racing who ran the Go Green Motorsport car and did a fantastic job all weekend including calling the race perfectly too and also the whole Go Green Motorsport team and David and Rob Fenn.