INTRODUCTION: The long and successful partnership between Britain's Lotus motor racing team and the John Player tobacco company -- which lasted 11 years from 1968 -- was renewed at Brands Hatch on Monday (15 June).
TGV Brands Hatch circuit
TGV PAN New Lotus 88-B racing cars on starting grid
CU Union Jack flag on side of car PULL BACK TO car and Colin Chapman of Louts talking with driver
SV Driver climbs into car
SV ZOOM TO CU Chapman speaking pointing at car's suspension TO SV Chapman
TGV Cars on circuit during demonstration run (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
CHAPMAN: (SEQ 5): "Well this is the Lotus 88-B which is the car there's been so much controversy about, and I am very pleased that the RAC has decided that the car can run in the British Grand Prix in a month's time and we shall certainly have two cars there, with probably a third spare car, and we're going to race it. The major difference of course is that it has two suspension systems, it has another set of springs and dampers here with another set inside and the same with the back. And this is an innovative feature that has created a lot of problems with our rivals on the Grand Prix circuit but I think we're now going to get an opportunity to show whether they work or not. I am very pleased. Thank you."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The long and successful partnership between Britain's Lotus motor racing team and the John Player tobacco company -- which lasted 11 years from 1968 -- was renewed at Brands Hatch on Monday (15 June). Colin Chapman and Brian Wray, respective chairmen of Lotus and John Player, signed a new sponsorship agreement which will last until the end of 1984.
SYNOPSIS: Two and a half years after the black and gold colours were stripped from the Lotus, the John Player Special is back in Formula One motor racing. Among the cars on show at Brands Hatch was the revised 88-B.
Banned earlier this year, the 88-B is now being prepared for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.
Colin Chapman's team hopes the new deal with John Player will start a new era of success. Mr. Chapman described the new car.
Colin Chapman, who's designed some of the most revolutionary cars in the world, believes that both his drivers--Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell--are potential world champions. He feels confident that Lotus can gain at least one more world championship under the new sponsorship agreement.