Each year we get together and head out to the Bathurst 12-Hour for a brilliant high-octane weekend spent with good friends and surrounded by magic motoring machinery.
This year our group was made up of some thirty Club Lotus Australia members, including our good friend Martin Duursma, who was armed with his camera and has kindly shared the results of his efforts here.
But first – a report on the weekend’s activities thanks to Ashton Roskill!
Bathurst, home of Australian Motorsport, and now the site of a second class win for Lotus in the increasingly famous Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12hr endurance race.
The Donut King Exige V6, prepared by Simply Sports Cars, once again survived the arduous 12 hours of accidents, heat, kangaroos and other obstacles to come home FIRST in Class C. The drivers, Mark O’Connor, Tony Alford and Peter Leemhuis brought the magenta car home in front of a record crowd, including more than 30 members of CLA dotted around the circuit either as spectators or officials.
Other members enjoying the weekend’s racing were John Tarran (jnr) in the Lotus 61 and Jake Hobbs in his Formula Ford Spirit K08. John had an incident-free and thoroughly enjoyable weekend, while sadly Jake’s weekend ended badly on Skyline when the car in front of him braked unexpectedly hard and left him with nowhere to go.
Many thanks go to all those who came along to provide support, and many congratulations to all the participants, and particularly to the guys at Simply Sports Cars (and Neil Trama Engineering for the engine) for producing such a reliable and fast car – brilliant fun – we must do it all again!
Many thanks to Martin Duurasma for sharing his photos. Head to his website here for a whole lot more.