Real Life Storytime – 3 Years of Elise Trophy

Real Life Storytime – 3 Years of Elise Trophy

The Elise Trophy was a competition created by Lotus and MotorSport Vision Racing, which began in 2007, and during 2013 received the classification and official championship status of the season.

But anyone has their personal experiences and they will know what they have personally experienced and felt with some event or competition in particular. A storytime told by a former driver of the Elise Trophy, Philip Stratton-Lake:

Very high levels

This competition, although it isn’t highly relevant worldwide, is a competition that has a very high level, and particularly Philip Stratton-Lake didn’t have a great time not feeling as good at the wheel as many of them that even he will be in positions much higher than him.

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Even in some moments, he describes that he felt “humiliated” because the level was so high that he didn’t feel enough. That’s why he confesses that it was an experience with different feelings since that also made him grow as a pilot and work a lot more to be at the same or higher technical level than them.

His particular seasons

Phillip started competing in 2010, in the race that took place at Castle Combe. It was a tough season for him because he didn’t score well and he doesn’t have a good position, but he admits that he enjoyed the competition and losing didn’t affect him so much because it was his first year, especially when running with great drivers like Nigel Hannam and Ben Hyland.

But next year wasn’t what he expected, an improvement in his performance even though he didn’t have one of the most powerful cars of the competition that year, but it was a great car.

When competing in the Snetterton in 2011 didn’t get to classify for having been of 12º, feeling thus frustrated. But at the same time, he felt relieved because during this some cars collided and somehow he felt calm not to be one of those who were there.

And somehow life rewards him to be very close to victory in his next race at Silverstone, where he was on the podium of the top 3, which was a total achievement.

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The costs

But he emphasizes that without a doubt one of the strangest things is the cost that the pilot has to do to get to compete since they need a fast sports car that can measure up, as well as a good engine, tires and much more.

But it was an experience that Philip Stratton-Lake describes as unforgettable because he was able to excel as a person and as a professional.