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Litespeed To Use Lotus Name For 2010 If Entry Successful

Team Litespeed, the British F3 team who have made an entry request to join Formula One from the 2010 season are to use Team Lotus as it’s name if they are successful.

The evocative former F1 team and lightweight sportscar manufacturer famous for powering people like Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna to victory, could be on the grid for the first time since 1994.

The owner of the Lotus name David Hunt has confirmed he is allowing the Litespeed runners, Nino Judge and Mike Gascoyne who will be basing the team in Norfolk use of the name.

“Team Lotus is synonymous with great British engineering and F1 innovation, such as the Lotus 25 being the first monocoque chassis in F1 and the introduction of groundbreaking sponsorship, both of which easily demonstrate why ex-Lotus personnel would want to bring this championship-winning name back to the formula,” said Judge.

“Litespeed was born from a similar British background – a factor that was at the core of Colin Chapman’s beliefs and subsequent success.

“David Hunt has been the custodian of the name for so many years and we thank him for entrusting us not just with its safeguard but, more importantly, its development in the racing world of tomorrow.”

Senna in a JPS Lotus

Senna in a JPS Lotus

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