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Lotus at Le Mans 2011

After 17 years away from Le Mans, Lotus entered 2 Lotus Evora GTE cars into the 2011 Le Mans GTE-Pro class. The last time Lotus ran a works car was 1997 with the Elise GT1. During qualifying Lotus Jetalliance car 64, driven by Martin Rich, Oskar Slingerland and John Hartshorne, ran faultlessly while Car 65 of James Rossiter, Johnny Mowlem and Jonathan Herschi, struggled with a technical problems.

After and exciting race with much action and rain, car number 65 driven by J. Mowlem, proved reliable finishing 22nd and 7th in class. It's best lap was a 4:07 and did 295 laps with 24 pit stops. Car number 64 retired after 17 hours and 229 laps, driven by J. Hartshorne and was classified 45th overall. The Lotus Evora number 65 comfortably beat a Porsche 911RSR, Ferrari 458 and a Ford GT. Well done Lotus!




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