Halliday eyeing Lotus Cup UK challenge at Brands
Liz Halliday’s Lotus Cup UK campaign continues this weekend (18-20 May) when the championship visits Brands Hatch for round two of its 2012 season.Following a scintillating comeback drive at Silverstone in April, the professional dual sportswoman is hoping to demonstrate the full potential of her John Danby Racing-prepared Lotus 2-Eleven after mechanical problems during qualifying forced Halliday to battle back from dead last to second in class at the opening round.The 60-minute race, which features on the support bill of the highly-prestigious Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series, will be the first time in nearly ten years that Liz will have competed at the former Grand Prix venue in Kent. A recent family bereavement sadly forced Liz to miss JDR’s Brands Hatch test where the team worked on optimised dry weather suspension settings. Although useful for future rounds, those developments could ultimately count for little this weekend with forecasters predicting rain throughout the event. Fortunately Halliday’s former career in sportscar racing, coupled with Silverstone’s exhibition in overtaking, should play into the team’s hands over Brands Hatch’s shorter and more congested Indy layout where the 40-strong Lotus field will be jostling for position over just 1.198-miles of tarmac. Liz Halliday: “I can’t wait to be back in the car at Brands Hatch where I haven’t raced for a long time despite it being my local circuit. I’m still learning the 2-Eleven so missing the recent test in the dry was unfortunate, but with the weather proving so unpredictable lately, it looks like some rain might be on the cards anyway so things could be different for everyone. Silverstone proved that we have race-winning pace in the class so hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the qualifying dramas. The Indy circuit is very tight and it will be important to start at the sharp end if we are to mount a serious challenge.“I would also like to dedicate this race to my father, Don Halliday, who sadly passed away earlier this month. He was a truly talented racing driver and a wonderful father who not only inspired and supported my racing career but was in fact my first instructor in a racing car many years ago. This one’s for you, Dad.” John Danby, Team Principal: “We are very much looking forward to the second round of this year’s Lotus Cup UK having spent time developing the car post-Silverstone with the support of Quantum Dampers. Testing certainly suggested that we can turn some very competitive lap times so we have high hopes for the race weekend when once again we’ll be aiming to run at the front.”Halliday will have just 20 minutes of free practice to set-up the car before Saturday’s qualifying session. Lights go out on the hour-long race at 4pm on Sunday .