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13 October 2011
Group Lotus entry into the World Karting Championship 2012
With an official entry into the CIK-FIA World
Karting Championship 2012, Group Lotus is
determined to discover new talent.
With the move into karting Group Lotus becomes the first car manufacturer to have a presence at the entry level of motorsport and provides a very special opportunity for early talent spotting. Some of today’s most famous and successful motorsport personalities cut their teeth in karting – the newly crowned FIA F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel is the perfect example of the benefits of early driver development as are his peers, fellow former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
But Lotus isn’t just interested in spotting the driving talent of the future, the potential to work with young people showing an aptitude for design and engineering is recognised as a very special opportunity for Lotus.
Competing under the ‘Lotus Racing Karts’
banner and forming part of the Lotus Motorsport
division, Lotus Racing Karts will field a
factory backed team, operated by Jefra Racing
out of its headquarters near Treviso, Italy.
With a formidable racing pedigree spanning over
40 years, Jefra Racing has competed in many
classes of motorsport. Lotus hopes that this
invaluable experience teamed with leadership
from Team Manager Franc Jerancic will form the
basis of a truly competitive team.