Everyone loves to see famous names in motorsport, from Ferrari, Mclaren, to Lotus and the Mercedes Silver Arrows. Now it appears that Scotland’s famous team is dusting off the overalls and opening shop for the first time in almost 20 years.
Ecurie Ecosse have a fabulous history; double Le Mans winners in 1956 and 1957, C2 class winners of the World Sportscars Championship and Champions of the 1992 British Touring Cars Championship with Tim Harvey in their works Vauxhalls.
To re-launch Ecurie Ecosse the team tested the waters at last years Total 24hrs of Spa with an Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3 run by Barwell Motorsport. After their success there they are now looking to do a full season in the British GT. They are planning to continue their partnership with Barwell Motorsport, running two cars and driven by the four drivers who were at Spa; Alasdair McCaig, Andrew Smith, Oliver Bryant, and Joe Twyman.
As of yet nothing has been confirmed (see below for latest updates), at the time of writing the team are in the process of finalizing their financial support. When I spoke to Andrew last weekend he told me that the budget is close to being finalized and they are starting to make the hard decisions of what car to run. The team favor the BMW Z4 but it maybe too pricey for the Scottish outfit but it is still too early to rule anything out.
I for one really hope this team does well, they are a great bunch of lads who are truly passionate about their racing and looking to revive a grand old name in motorsport.
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Ecurie Ecosse have confirmed today that they will continuing their partnership with Barwell Motorsport in 2012 and competing in both the Blancpain Endurance series and the British GT. The team will be using the BMW Z4 GT3 in both championships.
Their Pro-Am Blancpain campaign will be headed by Andrew Smith and Joe Twyman while Oliver Bryant and Alasdair McCaig will be competing in the British GT championship.
Team boss Hugh McCaig said that, “This is a very exciting development for Ecurie Ecosse. We looked at a number of options for 2012 following the race at Spa last year, but I believe with the BMW Z4 and the team at Barwell we have absolutely the right combination for success. We also have a team of ambitious and talented young drivers, who have shown their commitment to this programme through a tireless effort to put the deal together in an extremely challenging economic environment. Ultimately we want to be back at Le Mans, and this is a fantastic step in the right direction.”
This blog wishes them all luck this season and will be following their exploits throughout the year.