Lotus to conduct filming day at Brands Hatch next week

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Modern-day Formula 1 machinery will return to Brands Hatch next week as Lotus F1 Team completes a filming day at the former host of the British and European Grands Prix.

All of the teams enter the season with an allocation of two ‘filming days’, during which they can are restricted to 100km using Pirelli’s promotional tires. Any other in-season testing is banned in F1.

Lotus will use one of its days next week, announcing that it will be conducting an open filming session that is free for the public to attend in the UK.

“Lotus F1 Team will be at Kent’s Brands Hatch this Monday (27 April) for a special filming event that will see modern Grand Prix machinery take to the circuit for the first time in many years,” a statement reads.

“The venue will be open to the public free of charge all day. All three of the team’s drivers, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer, son of circuit owner Jonathan, will take the wheel of the Enstone-outfit’s 2015 challenger, the E23 Hybrid.

“A Grand Prix-winning Lotus 72 E-5 will also be driven as part of the filming day’s activities, with pit-stop demonstrations, side-by-side action, practice starts and hot laps in road-going Lotus cars featuring throughout the day.”

Brands Hatch used to alternate hosting the British Grand Prix with Silverstone, but last welcomed the event back in 1986 before it moved north on a permanent basis, where it remains to this day. It also hosted the European Grand Prix in 1985.

The circuit still remains a favorite for national series in the United Kingdom, with the British Touring Car Championship and British Superbike Championship being its two biggest events. The Blancpain GT series will also be visiting the Kentish circuit in two weeks’ time.

For more information on the filming day, check out Lotus F1 Team’s most recent tweets that provide all of the information.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.