So another Lotus Cars Australia (LCA) track day has come and gone and judging by the smiles on people’s faces, it lived up to expectations.
Over 70 Lotus cars, their owners and friends descended on Wakefield Park Raceway, just outside the NSW country town of Goulburn on Saturday 13th July to enjoy a day full of driving, sprinting, and for some, racing. Such is the nature of the LCA track days, there was a category for everyone.
Of particular note, this year was the large number of people experiencing their first-ever LCA event. We hope it is not their last. Also noticeable, was the number of couples sharing their cars, with no less than 6 duo’s getting to enjoy the driving experience.
As usual, the event commenced with the now ritualistic gathering for dinner at The Astor hotel on the Friday evening where the sharing of stories from events gone by were order of the night.
Support crews from Simply Sports Cars and Lotus Melbourne arrived early on Saturday morning to make sure everything was in readiness for the arrival of the drivers and their cars. It was a balmy 4 degrees (better than the minus 4 last year), but the wind was howling so the temperature felt a bit closer to zero.
The rain from the night before was all but gone. The odd sprinkle here and there wasn’t enough to cause a wet track, so most people were able to get some decent times put down after they got some heat into their tyres.
Staying warm was the order of the day, and resident Baristas PJ and Derrick made sure there was a steady flow of warm beverages. Rumour has it PJ even got offered a job as a barista…..
Every vehicle owner was treated to a gift pack of cleaning products from Charlie Frew and the team at CodeClean Australia. Charlie and his team have been long-time supporters of Lotus in Australia, and their products are now available through the Sydney and Melbourne dealerships as well as online. Also, in attendance was Will, whose father purchased a Lotus Experience at a recent charity function organised by Charlie. Will got to experience some hot laps in an Exige Sport 410 being driven by our own Bathurst 12 Hour champion Mark O’Connor. Judging by the grin on Will’s face it was a great experience.
And so, to the sprinting and racing. Overall sprint honours went to Mark Meletopolou who managed a best time of 1:05.38 from his V6 Exige S. V6 machines filled the bulk of the top 10 places, but shout outs to Michael Moore, Nathan Notley and Colin Rudd for getting their 4 cylinder machines into 4th, 7th and 9th respectively.
Race qualifying honours went to Simon Hogg with a time of 1:02.3885. Race 1 saw Simon Hogg 1st Brad Douglas 2nd and Martin Duursma 3rd. Race 2 saw Simon Hogg 1st, Jeff Morton 2nd and Martin Duursma 3rd.
The weather gods conspired against the field in the handicap race. With Simon Hogg and Martin Duursma idle in pit lane watching the rest of the field being flagged away, the rain came in, making the job of chasing down the field all the more difficult for Simon and Martin. When the chequered flag came out, it was Jeff Morton 1st, Martin O’Brien 2nd and Martin Duursma 3rd. So, handicap honours and overall race win went to Jeff Morton. The award for consistency goes to Martin Duursma who bagged three 3rd places.
The rain disappeared as quickly as it came, and with the sun shining, the sprinters went out for their last runs of the day, with 10 people recording their best time in their last session. Such progression is great to see.
There were no accidents or major incidents throughout the day, so thank you to all drivers for respecting the conditions and fellow drivers on track.
Our next LCA track day is scheduled for Monday 7th October at Winton. Entries are open now, please contact your local dealer.
The view all the photo from the LCA Wakefield track Day please visit our LCA event photo album here