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The art of winning // A Lotus competition winner gives his side of the story

Published by Christine

At the beginning of August, we highlighted a Lotus competition in which they wanted you to get creative. The team were offering the chance to send in your artwork - anything from photographs to sketches to cartoons - and have it be judged by the drivers themselves. Heikki and Jarno were ready and waiting to judge your endeavours and the winning items would be hung in the factory itself.

After sifting through plenty of entries, Heikki picked out his favourite piece and it belonged to David Wright.

The winning entry
The winning entryCredit: David Wright

We asked David for a few questions about entering the competition and winning it!

Q: Do you enter F1 competitions regularly, and what was the motivation for entering this Lotus art competition?

I enter a lot more F1 competitions since the advent of the Internet over old fashioned snail mail. Twitter has also made entering competitions seem even more accessible, and I was lucky enough to win a Twitter Silverstone MotoGP competition with a witty retweet a month or so earlier.

The motivation for entering the Lotus Art Competition was twofold. Firstly I have followed Lotus since the early 1970's as a small boy, which became a passion by the time Nigel Mansell was driving for them, and being enthused by the reappearance of Lotus Racing this year. Secondly, the chance to have my artwork picked personally by Heikki as his favourite was too good an opportunity to miss... though I didn't think I had a chance in hell of winning.

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Credit: Lotus Racing

Q: The competition coincided with the team's summer shutdown. Was the break a factor in your entry, or would you have taken part without the downtime?

I would have entered regardless of the time of year... it was too great a competition to miss!

Q: How does it feel to have your work published in the magazine and also in the teams factory?

Well, it felt absolutely amazing to have something so very personal to me to be firstly judged by Heikki to be his favourite entry, then for it to be published for all F1 fans to see in the Lotus Racing Notes Italian Preview... and then the best thing ever, for it to be hung at the teams factory for the great and good to see. It feels such an honour.

Q: What in the world are you going to do with an F1 wheel nut?

Aha... a very good question. Firstly I was amazed how light the wheel nut was, it weighs next to nowt... so I am thinking I might get it framed along with a print of my artwork. I feel the two are meant for each other now!

Prizes included a signed Trulli / Kovalainen cap and an original used Lotus racing wheel nut.
Credit: David Wright

Lotus mentioned in the newsletter they had an overwhelming response and hope to run another competition soon. Also have a look at David's photostream to see more of his work.