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Lotus F1 drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen to appear at Snetterton Lotus Festival

Wednesday, May 26 2010

Lotus F1 drivers Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Fairuz Fauzy will be the star guests at the Classic Team Lotus Festival, which takes place at Snetterton on Sunday 20 June.

This spectacular family day out will celebrate the iconic marque's illustrious Grand Prix history, with unique displays and demonstrations as well as a packed racing timetable.

Grand Prix stars appear for the 2010 Lotus F1 car's first UK public outing
The Lotus Racing F1 team will be making an appearance at the festival to give the Mike Gascoyne-designed T127 2010 race car its first public appearance in the UK.

Lotus F1 drivers Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and Fairuz Fauzy will also be meeting fans and demonstrating some classic Lotus machinery.

The event will be brought to a close with a lap by the Lotus Racing transporter as it sets off for the European Grand Prix in Valencia - the Lotus marque's 500th F1 race appearance.

Unique collection of 35 Lotus F1 cars spanning 37 years
For the first time ever, Classic Team Lotus will host a collection of every single Grand Prix car raced by the Lotus team between 1958 and 1994 - the greatest display of Team Lotus racing cars ever assembled.

These precious cars will be lined up in grid formation, so visitors can experience a unique close-up encounter with famous racing machinery.

During the lunch break the cars will be wheeled through the crowds and out onto the track for a group photograph, which will be followed by demonstrations by most of the vehicles during the afternoon.

Bumper programme of racing action
In addition to the classic demonstrations, the festival will feature racing from the Lotus Elise Trophy, one of UK motorsport's biggest success stories, whilst higher-powered 2-Elevens and Exige Cups will compete for overall honours in the Lotus Cup Europe.

There will also be supporting action from the GAZ Shocks Production BMW Championship, the Heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge and the Monoposto Championship for single seaters.

Fantastic family atmosphere
You can enjoy entertainment away from the track including a 'Driver's Avenue' with displays commemorating the 33 works Team Lotus drivers to score points in Formula One, plus films on the history of Team Lotus, a fun fair and your chance to race a Scalextric Snetterton!

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision, said: "It is great to see a real resurgence in the Lotus name, spearheaded of course by the new Lotus Racing F1 team, but also from the super grids and action from our MSVR run Lotus race series.

"The Classic Team Lotus Festival is a fabulous event and I'm thrilled Snetterton is hosting it. I'm also really delighted that Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen are making the time to come and am sure they'll be impressed to find just how much Snetterton has improved since they last raced here.

"For F1 fans it is a fantastic opportunity to meet Jarno and Heikki, to see Clive Chapman's wonderful collection of classic Grand Prix cars and enjoy a spectacular programme of racing courtesy of the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup Europe and other MSVR-run racing series."

Tickets for the Classic Team Lotus Festival at Snetterton on 19/20 June are available from £20 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.