Lotus: Official team for European Le Mans Series

Lotus is to enter an official team in this year’s European Le Mans Series. The black and gold-coloured Evora GTE will compete in the GTE Pro class with factory driver Johnny Mowlem at the wheel. The two other drivers that will comprise this one-car team will be announced shortly.

Lotus Giudici Racing is run by former professional touring car driver turned GT racer Gianni Giudici, who ran an Evora GT4 in the European Blancpain Series last year and finished runner-up.

Testing kicks off at Lotus’ Hethel track, followed by six hour endurance races at Le Castellet (France), Zolder (Belgium), Donington (UK), Brno (Czech Republic) and Portimao (Portugal).

Director of Lotus Racing, Claudio Berro, is pleased to have GTE programmes on both sides of the Atlantic: “Having already announced our American Le Mans Series team, Lotus-AJR, it’s great to now announce our entry in the European Le Mans Series. Last year marked the Evora GTE’s first year of competition. It was a foundation year, which proved promising, and by now splitting programs between these two prestigious series I hope we’ll be able to further hone the GTE into a title contender.

“Gianni Giudici has long been one of Lotus Racing’s most important customers, and creating this official partnership makes perfect sense. He has been very successful in endurance racing, and has the capability to run the car at a very high level. With Lotus’ technical support this will be a good combination for the European platform.”

6 Comments on Lotus: Official team for European Le Mans Series

  1. So William, they have programs in Indycar, Formula1, LMP2, and GT2 in the ALMS and you don’t think any of them make sense?

    Why does this one make sense compared to those other ones?

  2. Stunning car and livery, at silverstone last year they sounded awesome. Here’s hoping they do well in WEC and ALMS and give a good acount of themselves.

  3. The main target in the Lotus motorsports program for 2012 is to have a team in EVERY international series, with this in mind all these entries “makes sense”. However, this one seems to be the only one with a “real” works team and a “real” Lotus car, and is in this sense closest to the Lotus production.

  4. first: I understand William’s point. The Indy and F1 campaigns have little to do with the factory, and the P2 isnt lotus powers (it will eventually, I believe, though)

    second: anyone notice this is the same picture from the Alex Job Lotus launch? I assume the AJR wont look like this (livery wise) as their sponsors (William Rast and Battery Tender) will probably have the car look more like last year (or at least more “sticker-ed” up)

    third: interesting changes to the car from last year. the wing resembles the “old gt” style (which looks better) rather than the “new gt” style with the supports coming across the front of the wing. The nose looks a little different too. Overall a great improvement. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into another Jag project

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