(from Lotus Press
Release) The Lotus Type 119c soapbox, which topped the
timesheets in the 2004 Goodwood Soapbox Challenge, claimed its
second consecutive title and record in the Brooklands Soapbox Derby,
at the Brooklands circuit in Surrey, on 16 July 2006. This earns
Lotus a place in the history books as being the most successful
soapbox racing team ever in UK downhill gravity racing competition.
Paul Adams, who was once
again at the wheel of the Type 119c closed-cockpit “streamliner,”
dominated the practice run on the historic course from the very
start, finishing ahead of closest rivals and last year’s competition
winners, Lola Cars, by posting a fastest time of 72.4 seconds, just
0.6 seconds shy of last year’s record.
performance continued, breaking the 2005 record in the very first of
six competitive runs with a time of 68.5 seconds, leaving second
placed Lola 1.8 seconds adrift in the opening round. It then proved
difficult for both Lola and the remaining entrants to match the
blistering pace of the Lotus. Adams, having mastered the sweeping
curves and the historic banked section, went on to smash the record
further in the second official timed run with an even faster time.
He set a new course record of 67.7 seconds, 4.1 seconds quicker than
last year’s top time, reminiscent of the stunning performance at
Goodwood in 2004.
Not taking any chances
until the chequered flag, the Lotus continued to battle, and posted
a time on the final run which was within just 0.10 seconds of the
new record. In only the second race on the Brooklands circuit since
1936, the Lotus team mounted the top step of the podium to aptly
receive the winner’s trophy from Sir Richard Noble, who successfully
piloted Thrust 2 to the Land Speed record in 1983, before becoming
Project Director for the Thrust SCC Land Speed Record in 1997.
Commenting on the day’s racing in the Brooklands Soapbox Derby, Paul
Adams explains “Taking a second win in the Type 119c is very
special, and I am extremely proud to be bringing another trophy back
to Hethel. It is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of
all those involved at Lotus. The racing was both fun and very close,
which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a great event.”
The Lotus Type 119c will
continue to be used for marketing activities as a demonstration of
capability of Group Lotus.