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:: Lotus Cup USA - Round 3 @ Thunderhill Raceway - June 8/9 ::



EVENT INFO

Lotus Cup USA kicks off the summer and our Northern California tour at a new venue - Thunderhill Raceway Park - on June 8th & 9th. The race weekend features two exciting wheel-to-wheel races (one per day) and Time Attack competition for Lotus enthusiasts of all skill levels. Drivers can enter our popular race series or for those not ready to go wheel-to-wheel, our Time Attack series is the natural next step from track days. PLUS, for drivers just looking for a standard track day, please join our event partner Hooked on Driving in any of there standard HPDE sessions. Join us for the ultimate Lotus experience in Northern California!

Lotus Cup USA is the factory-backed, motorsports venue for Lotus enthusiasts across North America. The West Coast race series features the top Lotus drivers in the country, competing in a variety of modern Lotus racecars - Elise, Exige, 2-Eleven, and Evora. The series offers drivers a true developmental series with professional coaching, technical support, and more.

SPECTATOR INFO

We welcome all spectators to enjoy this Lotus motorsports experience. This event is FREE all weekend long. Meet the drivers and teams of Lotus Cup and hang out with us in the Lotus VIP hospitality center.

EVENT REGISTRATION

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE.

GROUPS

Race, Time Attack, or HPDE (via HoD)

SCHEDULE

SAT = Practice Sessions, Qualifying, Race*
SUN = Practice Sessions, Time Attack, Race*

FRIDAY TRACK DAY

NCRC has a Friday track day available for additional testing. To sign-up, visit Track and Racing Events - Northern California Racing Club/American Racing Club.

SPEC TIRE

All RACE group drivers are required to compete on the Yokohama Tire Advan A005 Racing Slick (S01 or S04 compound per class). All tires must be purchased through Trackside Performance (your team/shop can purchase tires for you through Trackside. They must provide a drivers name when ordering). Please contact Troy or the Trackside Performance sales team at 949-589-5394.

FUEL

Available at the track

ACCOMMODATIONS

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Willows
545 Humboldt Ave
Willows, CA 95988
Rate = $99/night
Reservations Phone # 530.934.8900
**Please mention Lotus Cup or Lotus Cup USA or Lotus Cup Racing to receive the discounted rate. Must reserve by Thursday, May 23rd for discounted rate**

Baymont Inn and Suites Willows
199 Humboldt Ave
Willows, CA 95988
(530) 934-9700
Rate = $74/night
**Please mention Lotus Cup rate. Must reserve one week out**

TRACK INFO



5250 Hwy 162
Willows Ca., 95988
http://www.thunderhill.com

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Tentative Thunderhill Participants List:

1. Brent Bauman (Elise - Production)
2. Sandy Sanford (Elise - Production)
3. Ross Jaffe (Elise - Production)
4. Rob Dietsch (Exige - Cup)
5. Greg Nitzkowski (2-11 GT4 -Open)
6. Larry Schnur (Exige - Cup)
7. Roy Sakioka (Exige - Cup)
8. Bob Sachs (Elise - Production)
9. Mike Dean (Elise - Production)
10. Tim Hastings (Elise - Production)
11. Scott Gibson (2-11 - 2-Eleven)
12. Gavin Ernstone (Elise - Production)
13. Dave MacMillan (Evora GT4 - Evora)
14. Tom MacMillan (Evora GTN - Evora)
15. Frank Cusack (Exige - Cup)
16. Michael Weinreb (Exige - Open)
17. Robb Bonanno (Elise - Production)
18. Eddie Park (Elise - Production)
19. Mike Bryant (Exige - Cup)
20. Nicolai Elghanayan (Exige S1 - Production)
21. Jeff Elghanayan (Exige S1 - Production)
22. Michael Reynolds (Elise - Production)

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Is this a double points race? Which ones are?

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Awesome to see everyone signed up, I wish I could find my video from our practice session in January to give some guidance. I think T-Mac found one one youtube that is exceptionally helpful, may he can share. Going to be a great event at a amazing track that is new to so many of the regulars of The Cup USA Series.

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Since Brent doesn't want to share his video Here's a video from Rob A...


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Since Brent doesn't want to share his video Here's a video from Rob A...

NCRC Lotus Thunderhill 07-02-2012 new NA motor Oil Pressure testing - YouTube
That's a good sign of competition.....

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Sorry that I will miss this event .... everything that I've heard about T'hill suggests it's one awesome track.

Ran across this teaching video regarding the "driving" line produced by Hooked-on-Driving ..... no reps about how good it is, but Robbie can speak to that issue.

Link: Thunderhill Driving Line - YouTube!

Be safe and have FUN everyone.

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Sorry that I will miss this event .... everything that I've heard about T'hill suggests it's one awesome track.

Ran across this teaching video regarding the "driving" line produced by Hooked-on-Driving ..... no reps about how good it is, but Robbie can speak to that issue.

Link: Thunderhill Driving Line - YouTube!

Be safe and have FUN everyone.
Booo We'll see you at Laguna!

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Just a heads-up to all participants (in case you haven't checked the weather forecast) ....... Extreme Heat Advisory in effect for the weekend.... high for Saturday forecasted to be 108.

If you've got cool suit gear ---- bring it, along with lots of water. Dehydration can sneak up on you ...... be safe and be prepared everyone.

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Try not to go off track either! When thunderhill is like this, grass fires can and do start from cars going off track. With SCCA, NASA, VARA, etc, there is fantastic support for quickly suppressing small fires, with HOD there isn't going to be that level of support.
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We've got the canopies for all the cars, an A/C tent, and lots of water for you all

This event will have more track support than standard HoD events because we are racing wheel-to-wheel of course.

See you all there!

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hopefully there will be girls with large palm leaves to fan us as well
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We'll see what we can do

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Hot off the presses ..... 109 degrees HOT .....

Quali times for Race 1 (Courtesy of Aidan of DRS) -- both races to take place Sunday .........
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Race 1 -- UNOFFICIAL Results

As the unofficial historian and record keeper for Lotus Cup , here are the overall results from Race 1:
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More NEWS ....

Bringing you the latest news--Quali Results/times for Race 2:
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Race 2 results?


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Race 2 -- UNOFFICIAL Results

Just for Eddie.

Overall Results from Race 2 (unofficial) ....... looks like there may have been some out of the ordinary happenings during this race.
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Did Greg spin? We need some video!


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Race 2 start was terrible. The starter threw a shoulder then an elbow, but not the flag. I jumped the start but got back in line. The starter was hinting that it was going to be a no start (not quite calling "safe" but the arm and body motions were heading that way), then threw the flag. You try to avoid a no start at all costs but the starter's body language was all wrong. Maybe I'm just upset because it was so tricky. Anyway I did get back in line so IMO it was a fair start, just confusing.

Otherwise a really strong showing for everyone! Really nice job for most people who were there for the first time, and in the searing heat. Wish you could have been there Jack, it was a really great weekend.

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