Lotus 26r Battle | Race History

Race History

Racing successfully since 1966. Time Line below.

(Check   Test Driving History  for full list, including F1 cars)

Racing Time Line 2019-1966

2020: Celebrating 54 years in Motorsport. Race calendar to be advised…..

2019:    Pre-season testing at Guadix Circuit Spain. Peter Auto Lola 2BK/40. HSCC Thundersports series Lola T298, HSCC Historic Sports Cars Lotus Cortina, U2TC at Spa. CSCC Swinging Sixties series, CSCC Classic K series, Masters pre-66 Touring Cars, Dutch Youngtimers Race Series, IMSA Datsun 240Z. Peter Auto CER2 with Lola T298 at Paul Ricard Circuit.

2018:      Peter Auto series Spa- Francorchamps, (Lola T298).  HSCC Pre-80 Endurance series Lola T298. Spa 6-Hour Meeting U2TC and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars with Lotus Cortina. Targa Florio Regularity Rally in a Ferrari F12.

2017:   Goodwood 75th Members Meeting Archie Scott Brown Trophy race in a Lister Chevrolet.  AMOC GT4 Championship (Porsche 968 Turbo RS). AMOC Intermarque Championship (Aston Martin V8). Goodwood Revival Meeting Sussex Trophy, Lister Chevrolet.

2016:   Goodwood Revival, Sussex Trophy driving a Lister Chevrolet BHL110. Motor Racing Legends, Stirling Moss Trophy. HRDC Allstars Coys Trophy. HSCC ’80s Endurance Series driving a Lola T298. VSCC ’50s Sportscars. HSCC Archie Scott Brown Trophy. Masters 70s Celebration driving a Datsun 240Z.

2015:   Goodwood Revival, Sussex Trophy (Lister Chevrolet BHL110). Goodwood 73rd Members’ Meeting, Graham Hill Trophy (Lotus 26R), Goodwood Salvadori Cup (Lister Chevrolet). Motor Racing Legends, Stirling Moss Trophy races (Lister Chevrolet). HSCC Archie-Scott-Brown Trophy race. Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Championship races (DB4 Lightweight). Master 70s Celebration races (Datsun 240Z).

2014:  Goodwood 72nd Members’ Meeting, Salvadori Cup. Motor Racing Legends Stirling Moss Trophy races in Lister Chevrolet BHL 110. Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Championship races in Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight. Historic Racing Drivers Club Touring Greats in Ford Zodiac Mk1. Masters 70’s Celebration in Datsun 240Z. Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy. Goodwood Revival Shelby Cup in a Ford Falcon Sprint.

2013:   Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy (Lister-Chevrolet BHL110). Maserati Trofeo World Series – UK round. Masters pre-66 Touring Cars. HRDC Touring Greats. Masters 70s Celebration. Maserati Trofeo World Series official testing with the Maserati Works Team at Misano.

2012:  Masters pre-66 Touring Cars. HRDC Touring Greats. Masters 70s Celebration including outright win in a Datsun 240Z. Gentleman Drivers Sports Cars. Under Two Litre Touring Cars. Other cars raced include Alfa Romeo GTA, Ford Falcon Sprint, Sunbeam Tiger, Triumph TR4, Austin A105/6 Westminster.

2011:  Masters pre-66 Touring Cars. HRDC Touring Greats. AMOC Intermarque Series. Navigator in Mille Miglia Tribute Regularity Rally in Ferrari 599 finishing in 6th place.

2010:   Maserati Trofeo races at UK round at Brands Hatch. Masters Cloth Cap Series. Masters Top Hat Series OBG.  Masters Series. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. World Sports Car Masters. Italian Historic Cup at Silverstone second overall in ex-Salvadori 5-litre Cooper-Maserati. Race wins and lap records in Lotus Elan 26R

2009

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship UK rounds at Silverstone. Scottish Speedfair Knockhill Classic Races setting a new lap record, which is yet to be broken. Britcar Endurance Series. Masters Cloth Cap Series. Masters Top Hat Series. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Valcamonica Classic Hillclimb. Mugello Road Race regularity trial. Classic Sports Car Club Race. Race wins and lap records with Lotus Elan 26R, podium with Lotus Motorsport Elise in Britcar.

2008

Sports Racing Masters in UK and podium at Magny Cours (ex- Roy Salvadori 5 litre Cooper-Maserati). Masters Cloth Cap Series.  Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Valcamonica Classic Hillclimb. Race wins with Lotus Elan 26R.

2007

Masters Series 1-hr Historic Race at Chimay Circuit outright race win with ex-works Lotus Elan 26R. Oulton Park Gold Cup. Coppa Milano-Sanremo Historic Rally. Brands Hatch SR&GT Challenge. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb.

2006

Maserati Trofeo Championship. Two weeks in South Africa: Kyalami GP Circuit Sprint /Time Trial Competition driving with eight racing cars. Several drives at Zwartskops Racing Circuit South Africa. Oulton Park Gold Cup race. Bologna-San Luca Hillclimb class winner. Valsaviore Classic Hillclimb. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Milano-Sanremo Classic Rally in a Lotus 26R.

2005

Maserati Trofeo Championship (support race to British GP).  Coys Sebring Salute European Historic Series. Cloth Cap European Historic Sportscar Championship. Gentleman Drivers & Sports Racing Challenge. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb. Refurbished and set-up the ex-Ian Walker Lotus Elan 26R race car. Milano-Sanremo Classic Rally in a Lamborghini Miura SV.

2004

Spa 6-Hours Top Hat and Cloth Cap Race. Spa 6-Hours Sports Racing Challenge & Group 4 HSCC/HRSR Historic Racing Saloons with Merlyn-Lotus Mk6. Also raced an Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super. Class wins and places. Tested Maserati Trofeo race car at Monza with Maserati Corse works team.

2003

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. Race wins and lap records.

2002

Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. Spirit of Italy Sports Prototype & GT Race. Wins and lap records.

2001

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. Race wins and lap records. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb.

2000

Zolder Classic Saloon Car Race (Belgium). Vernasca Silverflag Hillclimb. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb in an Alfa Romeo ‘GTAm’.

1999

Vernasca Silverflag Hillclimb (Italy). Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb (Italy); in an Abarth Sports Prototype.

1998

British GT Championship which was sponsored by Privilage Insurance Company; raced a Harrier Cosworth and a Maserati Ghibli Cup car.

1995-1997

Track testing and race car development, including building the world’s fastest Alfa Romeo ‘GTAm’  500bhp/790kg.

1994

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. (winning Driver of the Year award) BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. After an epic race at Castle Combe Circuit, Autosport magazine commented, “Race of the Year”.

1993

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. (Best Car Award) BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. BRSCC Classic Alfa Romeo Trophy Championship

1992

Track testing and race car development. Built, raced and won races with a winning super-lightweight Alfa Romeo GTAm replica 700kg/180bhp. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events

1991

BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship with race wins

1990

BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship with race wins

1989

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Race wins and lap records. Also raced a Group 1 Fiat Uno Turbo and an Alfa Romeo GTV6.

1988

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Many race wins and lap records. Built and raced Group A Maserati Biturbo race car (quicker than the ‘works’ Campari car). This Maserati was due to race in the BTCC but the organisers banned turbo cars. The car then raced successfully in the BRSCC Italian Intermaque Championship.

1987

Zandvoort Historic GP Touring Car Race. BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship.  Many race wins and lap records.

1986

Zandvoort Historic GP Touring Car Race (2nd). Nurburgring Oldtimer Festival Touring Car Race (3rd). BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship (Champion). BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Many race wins and lap records. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events.

1985

BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship (Champion). Built and raced the legendary, multiple championship winning, full race Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 2 litre GTAm. HSCC Pre-65 Saloon Car Championship. Races at the Atlantic Computers International Historic Races. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events

1984

BARC Pre-65 Saloon Car Championship. Began the build of the championship winning Alfa Romeo 2 litre GTAm Junior Zagato. The project was funded by the owner, the late Peter Crutch.

1980-1983

Built and raced a 1964 FIA-spec Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT race car. Track-tested the rare classic and competition cars, the property of the distinguished designer Peter Crutch. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events. Track testing and race car development.

1979

Race prepared and outright win at Silverstone in a self-prepared 1961 3.8 E-Type Jaguar Roadster. Raced the E-Type in AMOC Historic GT Championship, JDC Jaguars and HSCC Road Sports Cars, JDC Aston Martin/Jaguar/Porsche/Ferrari Challenge with success.

1975-1978

Track tested a new Ferrari Boxer at Goodwood Motor Circuit and Silverstone GP Circuit in Maranello Concessionaires’ Trackdays run by Michael Scott. Developed, built and tested experimental Modsports 450bhp Jaguar E-Type Turbo. This car was track-tested but the project ended when race organisers banned turbos for modsports cars. The E-Type was converted to triple Webers and sold.

1974

BRSCC Simoniz Special Saloon Championship. Esso Uniflo Special Saloon Car Championship. Podium finish first time out in Ford Anglia 1760cc Lotus/BRM.

1968-1973

Various track testing, including entire range of new BMWs at Brands Hatch. Race car development, including assisting in the building of a 1760cc Lotus/BRM powered Ford Anglia Special Saloon. A 3.8 litre Jaguar-powered Ford Anglia project began but was side-lined in favour of a lightweight Lotus-Anglia.

1967

Attended Brands Hatch Motor Racing Stables in a Lotus Formula Ford. Drove in race car test sessions at Brands Hatch in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and a Lotus Cortina.

1966

First competitive event: Oval Racing Sprint/Time Trials. In the 1966 Production Car Finals at Wimbledon Stadium, Roberto achieved runner-up position by 0.002seconds to the Hot Rod World Champion who was driving a Jaguar E-Type. The first prize was a holiday in Majorca. Roberto was driving a self-prepared 997cc Ford Anglia. Roberto switched immediately to circuit racing with a course at Brands Hatch Motor Racing Stables.

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Top photo is of Roberto driving a giant-killing Lotus 26R Elan, outbraking a 400bhp TVR Griffith to take the lead in a Cloth Cap pre-66 sports car race.