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Lotus Melbourne Winton Weekend
Over the past 12 months our support of the Lotus community has mainly been track-focused with technical assistance and garage hire at MSCA Super Sprints. We felt it would be great to provide further opportunities to enjoy the Lotus experience away from the track, well sort of.
With the Australian Production Series heading to Winton for round 3, there was an ideal opportunity to organise a fun weekend away. Thinking a blast up the Hume Highway would not be much fun, we decided to make an overnight stop at Nagambie via King Lake and Yea.
The group stayed at the wonderful Waterfront Motel in Nagambie, walking distance from the town and right next to the famous Black Caviar statue. Dinner was arranged at the Royal Mail Hotel, as luck would have it just as we were about to walk up the street the heavens opened, fortunately a quick phone call to the Hotel and the courtesy bus was on it way. We enjoyed a great night of laughs, country style cooking and local wine.
We woke the next morning to a stunning spring day, cold but clear. Next stop before making our way to Winton was the beautiful Mitchelton Winery. Today it was just for breakfast, but I’m sure in the future, a location for a Weekend getaway. After a visit to the iconic tower to take in the view, it was time to hit the road to Winton.
Arrival at the circuit was timed perfectly to see the three Lotus Exiges take to the track for their 15-minute warm up in readiness for the 2-hour race later in the afternoon. We parked in our designated area in front of the CAMS hospitality suite, which included light refreshments, live timing, TV coverage and a wonderful viewing platform.
After the practice session we headed down to the pit area to catch up with Mark O’Connor, Grant Denyer, Tony D’alberto and the SSC crew where some insights were shared into the tactics for the afternoon’s race. We were pleased to donate $500 to the Buy A Bale Campaign to support our farmers in drought; a charity Grant is very much involved in promoting.
At 2.30pm the production series took to the track for a two-hour race and it didn’t take long for the dominance of Lotus to shine through. Lotus finished 1st ,2nd and 3rd. A fantastic result for such a brilliant car. Petrina and I really enjoyed sharing the weekend with 5 great couples and we hope to put on another weekend getaway soon. Look out for future events, as I’m sure they will fill fast.
Sales & Lotus Experience Manager