Ecurie Ecosse

79-03This weekend saw a new chapter written in the long and rich history of Ecurie Ecosse with a return to sports car racing this weekend (21-23 April, 2017) in the Henderson LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park.

Ecurie Ecosse opted to join this new championship this year, fielding the #79 Ligier entry with Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig. With the return, came a sensational first race – and by no means easy – victory in the fledging championship.

“It was a great result all around, so I’m happy with that,” said Director and Driver Alasdair McCaig. “Colin did a cracking job and showed the way to the United Autosport team who have been doing this for quite a while now and this is our first race, so we can be pretty proud of that.”

Following a successful shakedown at Rockingham, the team tested ahead of the event at Donington and in what the team expected would be learning weekend, got up to speed in Saturday practice with fastest time.

Qualifying saw McCaig record the fourth fastest time, somewhat frustrated at the timing of a double yellow following an off from a rival. Race day however saw McCaig take the start, and despite some contact on the first lap, emerge third overall as the race settled into a rhythm.

Shadowing the two leading United Autosport entries, McCaig set multiple fastest laps and then pitted from third and handed over to Noble who wasted no time in gaining position as he exited the pits, with some classic side-by-side action.

“It was an interesting race,” said McCaig. “The start was hectic, I got hit going down to the Craner Curves and put on the grass where I lost a couple of places but I managed to get them back after a few laps and then started to hunt down the two United Autosport cars. I reeled them in and then the safety car came out and then I just kept with (second-placed) Tony Wells and then we pitted.”

79-01After exiting the pits and with a string of fastest laps, Noble took the lead of the race by a comfortable margin of five seconds as the stops cycled through, a positon he controlled from the front of the field to the chequered flag.

“It was an intense first few laps, but I knew that I had to open up the gap,” said Noble. “I set a number of fastest laps and then it was just a question of pacing myself and making sure I brought the car home. I’m really pleased, I didn’t really feel any pressure, so looking forward to the next race.”

Ecurie Ecosse are also celebrating its Young Driver’s Initiative that saw Gordon Mutch take victory in Anglesey Junior Saloon Car Championship. Back at Donington, the team will be looking for a repeat victory when the racing resumes Sunday in the LMP3 Cup.

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