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Jim Clark Lotus set for Race Retro 2013

One of Jim Clark's triumphant Lotus cars will be the centrepiece of a marque celebration at Stoneleigh Park next February.
The Lotus 25 driven to victory in the 1963 World Championship by the late Jim Clark will be the centrepiece of Race Retro's Team Lotus celebrations next year.

Clark took his first world championship title after winning seven out of the ten races, giving Team Lotus its first constructors' championship. That year, he also competed in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, finishing in second position behind Parnelli Jones and winning rookie of the year honours.

The following year, Clark came within just a few laps of retaining his crown but, just as in 1962, an oil leak from the engine robbed him of the title, this time conceding to John Surtees. Tyre failure damaging the Lotus' suspension put paid to that year's attempt at the Indianapolis 500, but he made amends and won the F1 championship again in 1965 and added the Indianapolis 500 in the Lotus 38.

Clark achieved 33 pole positions and won 25 races from his 72 grand prix starts in championship races. He is remembered for his ability to drive and win in all types of cars and series, including a Lotus-Cortina, with which he won the 1964 British Touring Car Championship.

The Lotus 25 will be joined by two other cars, including another 25 also driven by Clark, on the display by Classic Team Lotus. There will be further Lotus cars around the show from various clubs and exhibitors.

Another famous driver associated with Lotus is the motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss, who will make his Race Retro debut on Saturday 23 February. His first GP win was the 1955 British Grand Prix and, during ten years in F1, Moss drove for Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall and Cooper. He also achieved the first grand prix win in a Lotus whilst driving for the Rob Walker Team in 1960.

Race Retro show returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 22-24 February.



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