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In 2000, the staff of Lotus LMP2 made its first steps in motorsport and competed in Formula 3. One year later, the crew with its driver Pierre Kaffer could celebrate four race wins and also fight for the championship. There were more successful seasons in this series, in which the team got manufacturer support. Young talents like Formula 1 drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto and DTM racer Jamie Green are only some examples for those, who were supported by the team.

Already in 2006, the squad started for the first time with two Audi A4 DTM in the German Touring Car Series (DTM), at that time under the name of Futurecom-TME. In its debut season Jeroen Bleekemolen and Nicolas Kiesa, the five-time Formula 1 Grand Prix driver, were at the wheel of the Audi A4 DTM. The following years Adam Carroll, Markus Winkelhock, Christian Bakkerud and the former Formula 1 driver Christijan Albers took a seat in the TME cockpit just like Vanina Ickx and Katherine Legge did. The cooperation with Audi was expanded continuously and therefore, the team concentrated its engagement in the touring car and sports car sector.

In 2009, the team additionally spent time on the Le Mans Series (LMS) in which two Audi R10 TDI were running. Its first season in LMS with its drivers Christijan Albers, Christian Bakkerud, Andrew Meyrick, Giorgio Mondini, Narain Karthikeyan and Charles Zwolsman the team concluded its debut season being 4th of the constructors’ championship.

In June 2009, the crew based in Greding participated in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for the very first time and finished the race in positions 7 and 9 respectively. One year later, both cars had to retire just before the end of the race placed in promising positions. Two hours before the chequered flag dropped, the racers Christijan Albers, Oliver Jarvis and Christian Bakkerud were eight laps ahead of their competitor that finished the race in 4th position.

At the premiere of the Asian Le Mans Series in Okayama in 2009, the drivers Christian Bakkerud and the British Audi factory driver Oliver Jarvis succeeded in finishing in third position and consequently on the podium.

The staff members bring a lot of experience and knowledge with them from their engagement in the German Touring Car Series DTM, Formula One and other Formula series as well as from the sports cars and GT series. With this good staff, the team managed the impossible in spring 2010 and established the Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team with a preparation time of only three weeks. The team made its debut at the opening Grand Prix and has surprised experts and fans with this effort and success. At the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix in Montréal, Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team was able to achieve its best race result so far.

While one part of the crew participated in the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in June 2010, the other part was in France to race at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans that took place at the same weekend as the race in Montréal.

Lotus LMP2 successfully completed the first season in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship that also includes the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, and was a serious competitor in its race category. The team was contesting with former Formula One race drivers like James Rossiter, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christijan Albers, and was starting from Pole Position at the 6 Hours of Shanghai, which was a big success for the crew. During the 2012 season, Thomas Holzer, Kevin Weeda, Mirco Schultis, Luca Moro, Renger van der Zande and Jan Charouz were also called into action for the squad.

In 2013, Lotus LMP2 will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship again. The team will contest with two of its brand new Lotus T128 and use its experience gained in the previous year to be a serious competitor in the battle for the championship.

 


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