National Motorsport Academy

BRANDS HATCH – GT Cup Rounds 4,5 & 6 – 9th & 10th May 2015

1st Place for the National Motorsport Academy Lotus Evora in the GTC category of the GT Cup at Brands Hatch

After a small electrical fire in the dashboard panel before the first race, Ben from Cosworth Engines who was helping the team to adjust traction control and ABS on the Lotus, promised a replacement panel. This was delivered promptly at 6.00. a.m. the next day by Rob from Cosworth, as promised.  After a small ‘coming together’ with a radical by driver Kevin Riley in the first race on Sunday, the chances of a podium were looking unlikely, as the grid position for the second race is determined by the time achieved in the first!

BRANDS HATCH - GT Cup Rounds 4,5 & 6 - 9th & 10th May 2015

After fresh tyres from the ever-helpful Pirelli guys, despite starting in 20th position on the grid, Gareth Downing drove an inspired race, weaving his way through the pack in the National Motorsport Academy Ex-Le Mans Lotus Evora, racing in the GTC category of the GT Cup series. After some inspired driving Gareth finished 1st in the GTC class and 5th overall in the race – an amazing maiden win for the Lotus; as this has been mothballed since Le Mans 2011 and is still under development.

The team consisted of Kieran Reeves, Director of Motorsport for NMA, Gareth Downing co-driver and the Technical Expert from Staffordshire University and students from Staffordshire University Motorsport. An excellent result and congratulations to everyone on the team for a job well done and thanks to Ben and Rob from Cosworth for getting the car out on track!

Watch the video of exciting National Motorsport Academy Lotus Evora victory here.

Next rounds at Rockingham Speedway on 23rd/24th May.

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