Bri­tish GT man Mowle joins For­mula Ju­nior

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Photo: Jim Moir

Bri­tish GT reg­u­lar Lee Mowle will make his sin­gle-seater de­but at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic next week­end af­ter buy­ing a For­mula Ju­nior Lo­tus.

Mowle will swap his reg­u­lar AMD Tun­ing-run BMW Z4 GT3 for a Clas­sic Team Lo­tus 20-22 Fju­nior in the July 29-31 event. Mowle bought the car from Phil In­gle, and has en­tered the Clas­sic as a warm-up for more race out­ings next sea­son.

“I’m good friends with Chris Din­nage from Clas­sic Team Lo­tus and I was talk­ing to him about the old Lo­tus sin­gle-seater and how much I liked them, then he man­aged to hunt down this one for sale so I thought ‘why not?” said Mowle.

“I’ve not even sat in it yet, and I’ve never raced a sin­gle­seater, so I think Sil­ver­stone will be an eye-opener. It’s at least a cir­cuit I know and hope­fully the Lo­tus will be­have a bit like a go-kart, but aside from that I’ll be keep­ing out of peo­ple’s way.

“I’d like to give this side of the sport a crack. I’ll test the car at Hethel for my first go and then it’s straight into the Clas­sic.” event. Their three­wheeler fin­ished sec­ond in class, beaten only by a 1,000cc Vin­cent-pow­ered “kneeler” side­car out­fit, which weighs about one third of the car.

There are still no mo­tor rac­ing events planned for Ly­d­den, al­though the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship will re­turn on Au­gust 29.

Mowle (inset) has bought this clas­sic Lo­tus 20-22 Fju­nior

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