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Just saw this on the Lotus news letter.

16th January 2009
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2-Eleven takes on Dubai 24 hour
The Lotus 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport made a strong
endurance debut at the Dubai International 24 hour race last
weekend.
Malaysian based Empire Motorsports ran the 2-Eleven GT4, with regular
drivers Denis Lian and James Mitchell joined for this race by Torro Rosso F1
test driver Karun Chandhok. The majority of the mechanics in the up and
coming Malaysian team are students studying automotive technology at The
Otomotif College (TOC). The race team is part of Empire Motorsports’ mission
to develop a stronger foundation for the Asian motorsports industry.
The car qualified 36th overall for the race after the team elected not to stress
the car unnecessarily immediately prior to such a long event. Within a few
hours of the start the car had moved up to second in class and continued to
climb through the overall rankings. At three quarters distance the car was
running in a very creditable 9th overall and 2nd in class.
Sadly after 18 hours of hard racing, a failure of the special purpose sequential
racing gearbox resulted in a costly 3 hour gearbox change, dropping the 2-
Eleven GT4 down to 10th in class and 50th overall. The drivers then rewarded
the team’s efforts with spirited progress and regained a number of positions
completing the race 8th in class and 44th overall out of 59 finishers.
Mike Kimberley CEO of Group Lotus plc commented, “Lotus is proud to have
continued to develop our relationship with Empire Motorsports starting from
the Merdeka Millennium 12 hour race at Sepang, Malaysia. Empire
Motorsports have now demonstrated that the 2-Eleven GT4 also makes for an
exceptionally competitive and cost effective endurance race car capable of
taking on much larger and more expensive cars in Motorsport events.”
Ashraff Dewal, Team Principal of Empire Motorsports, expressed delight with
the pace of the 2-Eleven GT4 and the exceptionally low rate at which it
consumed tyres and brake pads compared with the other participating
racecars. Commenting “I am very proud that a young team like Empire
Motorsports can work so closely with such an established marque as Lotus to
develop a new endurance race car specification and I look forward to
continuing the relationship in the future.”
Chris Arnold, Head of Lotus Sport, said “The 2-Eleven provides a platform to
create a competitive, versatile race package that offers great thrills and
performance”. Adding “the 2-Eleven has been exceptionally well received and
as well as driving the cars on the road, some owners have used 2-Eleven’s of
various specification in many exciting and varied events from track days,
rallies, hillclimbs, sprint races and international GT races. This race result
shows that endurance racing must now be added to the 2-Eleven’s impressive
range of capabilities”.
 

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Dubai 24 Hours

Car was entered by Empire Motorsports (check out their facebook group). They were up to 2nd in class and 9th overall before they had a sequential transmission isse, and had to check the gearbox 17hours into the race. Car looks immense.




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