Lotus rally car set for Ypres run

The Lotus Exige R-GT rally car will be in action on the Geko Ypres Rally, round six of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Running as a course car, the machine will be eligible for the IRC 2WD Cup when it’s homologated for competition use. It’s the first time it has been used on a competitive event. Bernardo Sousa, who has taken part on selected rounds of the IRC in the past, will drive the car.

"I am very pleased to be at the Geko Ypres Rally, even if I’m only driving the Exige as a course car,” said Sousa.

“This presence will certainly help us to start having some stage time comparisons against those who will be our next opponents.

"During the tests the car has improved continuously and I am discovering its great potential day after day.”