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More points at Cadwell - 14.05.13
Lewis continued his consistent form by taking two more podium finishes in Rounds 3 and 4 at Cadwell. Qualifying on the second row, he took third in the first race, made more tricky by the still-wet track under clear blue sky! In race two on a dry track, Lewis moved up to second place and pushed Jamie Martin hard but didn't quite have the power to be able to pass for the win.
Four rounds..four podiums, currently lying second in the Championship.
Solid second at Donington - 04.05.13
Lewis finished second in both races when the Mk2 Golf GTI Championship finally got underway at Donington Park. Qualifying third in Race 1, he took advantage of a slip from pole-sitter Ian Carvell to move into second behind race-winner Jamie Martin. Fasteslap also went to Lewis.
In Race 2, Carvell came strongly through the field to take the lead from Martin, allowing Lewis to pass him too. Despite intense pressure from Lewis, Carvell held on for the win.
The result puts Lewis and Marting equal second in the class championship, one point behind Carvell.
The next rounds are at Cadwell Park on 12 May.
Maximum points at Castle Combe - 02.04.13
Lewis turned his first-ever outing in the Teekay Couplings Production GTI Championship into his best-ever points scoring weekend, with two wins, both from pole position, together with two fastest laps and a lap record.
Race 1 was a relatively comfortable win from Simon Hill in second place after tricky first couple of laps on cold tyres. Hill got the better start in Race 2, but was passed by Lewis on the second lap, who then held on for a much tighter win, with both drivers suffering from tyre degradation towards the end.
It was a great weekend all round for for Jabbaracing, with Lewis taking both wins and 2012 champion John Mawdsley taking third in both races.
Lewis confirms 2013 campaign - 18.02.13
Lewis Hopkins is back with a bang! He has re-signed with leading Golf team Jabba Racing to contest the full Golf Mk2 GTI Championship, where he gained second place overall in 2011. 'It's great to be back on track with such a great team - it's an exciting prospect' said Lewis.
The first two rounds of the Golf championship were scheduled to be at Oulton Park on 23 March, but were postponed because of the weather.
24 hours in all weathers - 29.08.12
Lewis competed as part of the JB Doors team in the annual Citroen 2CV 24-hour race at Snetterton on the weekend of 25/26 August. Lewis's first stint was able to help build a healthy lead , only to see that disappear with an engine failure. Despite a super-quick engine replacement, the team emerged in a lowly 18th place just as the heavens opened and dusk fell.
However the terrible conditions seemed to suit Lewis and the other three drivers (Mike Wilds, Anthony Wilds and Darren Baker), resulting in an incredible climb back to fifth place by the finish.
A great team effort and a successful return to Snetterton for Lewis after almost seven hours driving.
Snetterton 24 hour Challenge - 26.07.12
Lewis is contesting his third outing in the Citroen 2CV 24 hour challenge at Snetterton on August 25/26. He previously raced for the Tete Rouge 2 team in 2009 and also in 2010, when he achieved second place alongside Anthony Robinson and Peter Haynes.
Keeping options open in 2012 - 04.04.12
After eight years full-on racing since the age of 14, Lewis is taking time out in 2012 to consider future options. Updates will follow.
Second place secured - 18.10.11
Second place in the Golf GTI Championship and class championship winner in the VAG Trophy were the rewards from an action-packed end-of-season race weekend at Snetterton 300
In the Golf GTI Championship, Lewis kept the pressure on James Bark and Jamie Martin right down to the last lap of the last race, having secured a solid win from second on the grid in Round 11, closing the gap on Bark ready for the Round 12 showdown.
After an early mistake by Martin, Lewis again took the lead and built a 4 second advantage over Bark coming into the final chicane, before a broken pulley belt caused a major engine failure. Lewis still managed to crawl over the line in fourth place, securing second in the championship in the process.
'It was a real shock to lose all power just like that on the last lap and it's a strange feeling when I was getting ready to celebrate the win' said Lewis. 'However, we've had a great season and Jabba Racing are the absolute best team out there'
So close at Thruxton - 04.09.11
After securing pole position, Lewis locked horns with Jamie Martin for all 13 laps of Round 10 at Thruxton, eventually finishing second by only 0.1 seconds.
Having just lost out on the start, he pressed Martin lap after lap, taking the lead in dramatic fashion on lap 11, only to lose it again coming into Goodwood bend.
'Ultimately, the car didn't quite have the pace we got in qualifying, especially on the straight, which we later found our was caused by a clutch pressure plate problem' said Lewis. 'It was really frustrating but I pushed as hard as I could and second place just about keeps me in the hunt for the last two rounds'.
The final two rounds are at Snetterton 300 on 16th October.
On track...just! - 22.08.11
Lewis returned to Brands Hatch GP circuit for the first time in two years and was satisfied with two podium finishes from his day’s work. He qualified on pole, then finished second to Jamie Martin in the VAG Trophy race. After also qualifying on pole for the Golf GTI Championship race, he held a one second lead coming into Clark Curve for the first time, before inexplicably running wide into the gravel trap.
He rejoined in a distant sixth place, ten seconds off the lead, but recovered well to take second place, again to Jamie Martin. ‘I’m annoyed that I pushed too hard on the first lap but really glad to get back on track and secure second to keep the championship in my sights’ said Lewis. ‘The last three races are going to be very tight with three of us in with a chance’.
Round 10 is at Thruxton on 3 September.
Two wins at Oulton - 03.07.11
Lewis had the perfect return to Oulton Park on 2nd July with two pole position, two wins and two fastest laps! Maximum points means a move up to second in the championship behind James Bark.
Despite the strong pace in qualifying, he didn't have things all his own way in the races. James Bark pulled away better from the start in both races. In Race 1, the safety car was on track before the end of the first lap, but the restart gave Lewis the opportunity to pull an outrageous move on Bark round the outside of Cascades. Once ahead, he edged away, taking the chequered flag ahead of Bark and James Martin.
Race 2 was a different story, with Lewis siezing the chance to re-pass Bark on the first lap, again at Cascades, but this time on the inside. Once he had got ahead, the gap between them opened up, with Lewis eventually winning by almost 6 seconds.
'That was the best weekend of the season by far, with a great car and a brilliant team at Jabba Racing' said Lewis. 'I can't wait for the next round at Brands Hatch GP circuit on 20th August'
Hoping for a Blast at Oulton - 26.06.11
Lewis is looking forward to returning to Oulton Park for the first time in two years at the MSVR Blast In The Park event on Saturday 2nd July.
He is climbing back up the table after the technical issues at Brands Hatch virtually wiped out any points from that event. Two wins is the goal in Rounds 7 & 8 of the Golf GTI Championship, to keep pressure on James Bark at the top and move up from his current 4th place.
Back with two podiums - 22.05.11
After qualifying on the front row at Cadwell Park, Lewis made a solid return in the two races with a second and third place.
Race one started under a cloud, literally, with the first lap starting under a heavy shower, before drying out quickly. Lewis had a great start, jumping pole-sitter James Bark for the lead, before dropping back to second - a position he held comfortably at the flag, finishing only half a second behind Bark.
In the final race, a poor start saw Lewis drop back to fourth, before recovering well to finish third behind Bark and Jamie Martin.
'I'm glad to get the points for two podium finishes, and I was very close to the fastest lap in both races so the pace is almost there' said Lewis.
Rounds 7 and 8 are at Oulton Park on 2nd July.
Cadwell Ambitions - 20.05.11
Lewis is looking forward to Rounds 5 & 6 of the Golf GTI Championship at Cadwell Park to restore his Top 3 placing in the championship.
After a strong opening weekend at Donington, resulting in two VAG Trophy wins and two podiums including a win in the Golf GTI Championship, Lewis was frustrated by a scrutineering issue at Brands Hatch which left him fighting from 30th place on the grid in both GTI races.
Whilst another brace of wins left him leading the VAG Trophy, he slipped down to 6th place in the Golf GTI Championship.
'There's a long season ahead and all I can do is aim for two wins and see how many points I can claw back' said Lewis. 'I enjoy Cadwell and there should be some great, close racing'
Back on the podium in 24hrs - 23.08.10
Lewis enjoyed a welcome return to the podium after an exhausting 2CV 24hr race, finishing in 2nd place after a marathon 732 laps of Snetterton! Racing for the Tete Rouge 2 team alongside Peter Haynes and Tony Robinson, Lewis also posted the fastest lap of the race, almost a second faster than any other driver.
'It's my second year in the 2CV 24hr race and it's a real test of endurance, concentration and technique' said Lewis. 'With only 3 drivers this year instead of 4, we had to stay on our toes for the whole race. Peter and Tony were brilliant, working with me and the team to keep hold of second place for over 10 hours!'
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