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Team Lotus
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Team Information
Nationality British United Kingdom
First Season 1963
Founder Colin Chapman
Team Principle Unknown
Key People Unknown
Driver(s) Peter Arundell
Jim Clark
Jackie Ickx
Jack Sears
Car Ford Lotus Cortina
Sponsor(s) Unknown
Team Stats
Previous Season Standings Unknown
Races Entered Unknown
Total Number of Wins Unknown
First Win Snetterton 1963
Total Number of Podiums Unknown
Total Fastest Laps Unknown
Number of Championships 1 (1966)
 Team Lotus are a former British Saloon Car Championship team, which ran inconjunction with the famous Team Lotus Formula One team between 1963 and 1967.

HistoryEdit

Lotus Cars were founded in 1952 by Colin Chapman, with Team Lotus becoming a seperate entity in 1954.[1] Originally building sports cars, Team Lotus moved up to Formula One by 1958, and continued to race in the championship until 1994.[1] Team Lotus also ran a team in the BSCC, with Jim Clark as their lead driver in both series, from 1963 until 1967.[1] 

The Dominant DaysEdit

After debuting at the tenth race of 1963 (with Trevor Taylor at the wheel), and sending two cars to the final race that year (with Clark taking victory and Taylor second), Team Lotus entered the BSCC in earnest in 1964, competing for the full season.[2] Clark, who was considered the best driver in the world at the time (having won the 1963 Formula One World Championship), did not disappoint, taking victory at every meeting in his class, meaning he took the championship with maximum points.[3] Peter Arundell served as Clark's team mate for most of the season (with Mike Spence and John Whitmore stepping in when he was unavailable) took fifth overall, often ensuring that Clark could not be beaten, although the dominance of the Lotus Cortina was plain to see.[3]

The Triple DuoEdit

For 1965, Team Lotus acquired the services of double BSCC champion Jack Sears (after Arundell suffered an accident that kept him from racing for almost a year), who would run the second car for the full season, with Clark remaining as their number one driver.[4] Although a difficult start to the season hampered the team (alongside the fact that Clark would miss two rounds due to schedule conflicts) Clark and Sears were often at the front of the field, battling between themselves for victories in Class C.[4] In the end, Sears took the Class championship ahead of Clark by virtue of attending all the year's races, with Spence and Whitmore recalled when Clark was unavailable.[4]

Arundell returned to the team in 1966, with Sears retiring from racing.[5] Clark's season in the BSCC was once again hampered by conflicts in his Formula One schedule, meaning Arundell finished ahead of him in the driver's championship (third overall).[5] Team Lotus called up Belgian racing driver Jackie Ickx to run Clark's car (although Whitmore would also get a run in Arundell's car at Brands Hatch, beating Ickx).[5] Team Lotus also won their only BSCC team's championship (only the second one awarded in the championship's history) for the season.[5]

The Final YearEdit

1967 would prove to be Team Lotus' final year in the BSCC, entering two new Ford Cortina Mk II Lotuses for the year.[6] Formula One star Graham Hill was called upon for the year (although, like Clark before him, calender clashes limited his BSCC participation), with John Miles running Team Lotus' second car for most of the year.[6] Ickx would fill in at several races as before, while Australian Paul Hawkins filled in a for Hill near the end of the season.[6] Unfortunately, Team Lotus' new car was not as competitive as it predecessor, with the team leaving the championship before the end of the year, selling their cars to Brian Robinson and Tony Dean before the final race of the year.[6] [7]

HonoursEdit

Team Lotus were responsible for numerous feats during their time in the championship including driver's and team's titles.

  • 1964
    • Driver's Championship Champion (Jim Clark)
    • Class B Championship Champion (Jim Clark)
    • Class B Championship Runner-up (Peter Arundell)
  • 1965
  • 1966
    • Class C Championship Champion (Peter Arundell)
    • Lombank Saloon Car Championship Entrant's Trophy Champion

Driver ListEdit

Below is a list of all the drivers that have raced for Team Lotus.

Team Lotus Driver List
Year Nationality Name No. Rounds Final Standings
1963 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 10-11
United Kingdom Jim Clark 11
1964 All 1st
United Kingdom Peter Arundell 1-2, 4-6 5th
United Kingdom Mike Spence 7-8
United Kingdom John Whitmore 3
1965 United Kingdom Jack Sears All 4th
United Kingdom Jim Clark 1, 3-4, 6-8 7th
United Kingdom John Whitmore 2
United Kingdom Mike Spence 5
1966 United Kingdom Jim Clark 1-2, 6-8 5th
United Kingdom Peter Arundell 1-4, 6-8 3rd
Kingdom of Belgium Jackie Ickx 3-5, 8
United Kingdom John Whitmore 5
1967 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1-4, 8-9
United Kingdom John Miles 1-7
Kingdom of Belgium Jackie Ickx 5, 8-9
Commonwealth of Australia Paul Hawkins 6-7

ReferencesEdit

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