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Monday, March 31 2014

The 2014 MSVR season gets underway this weekend (5-6 April) at Snetterton, providing a packed weekend of sportscar, saloons and single-seater racing.

There's plenty of local interest with the UK's three Lotus championships, the Lotus Cup UK, Lotus on Track Elise Trophy and the Lotus Cup UK Speed championship, all in action.

Many of Lotus' latest sportscars are on show in the Cup UK including one of the newest, the spectacular Exige V6 Cup R. They will be joined by Europas, 2 Elevens, Exiges and Elises to total an impressive 40 cars.

Simon Deacon claimed the championship win last year, but with the experienced Hetherington brothers, 2012 champion Steve Train, Martin Donnelly and his son Stefan all in the field for the 90 minute race, he won't be expecting an easy start to his defence.

Drivers have flocked to the Elise Trophy this year too, which will be racing as a championship for the first time. A capacity grid of 40 drivers will line up for this opening round, all hoping they will be the first driver to take maximum points for an Elise Trophy win. Last year's race winners Adam Gore, Craig Denman and Jason Baker will be hoping BTCC racer Jack Goff doesn't deny them a historic win.

The weekend also features the second round of the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship, MSVR's first sprint championship. Xavier Brooke drew first blood at North Weald in March, beating Robert Clark and Martin Donnelly while David Saunders won in the SuperSport class.

Away from the Norfolk-born sportscars, F3 Cup's 2014 season also begins. The championship has attracted some impressive young drivers during the off-season including kart star Toby Sowery and reigning Formula Jedi champion Lee Morgan, but many front-running regulars are back too for another shot at the title. Local racer Tristan Cliffe is back for a third title attempt after finishing second and third in the past two seasons, and serial podium-chaser Louis Hamilton-Smith is back and armed with a new car. Double winner from 2013 Henry Chart has new machinery of his own, and the likes of Mark Harrison and Oliver Rae will be hoping to continue their good form from Snetterton last season.

Monoposto is no stranger to packed grids, and they look set to continue that reputation in 2014 with a huge array of single seaters. Robbie Watts is back to defend his crown in his Lola, but there are potential winners in nearly every class, especially the rapid MonoMoto class.

MSVT's novice series Trackday Trophy and graduate series Team Trophy complete the bill with one race apiece. The two series offer novice competitors a great place to race, and the perfect way to step out of trackdays and into competitive motorsport. The variety of saloons and sportscars is vast and mandatory pitstops help the races to continuously develop and evolve.

The paddock is open to spectators throughout the weekend, offering fans the chance to see close at hand the work it takes to get these racecars onto the track.

Tickets for the event cost £14 on the gate; admission is free for children under 13. Call 0843 453 9000 for more information.

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