Ecurie Ecosse

79-12Having won both opening rounds of the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship last time out at Donington Park, expectations were high at Ecurie Ecosse this weekend (19-21 May, 2017) at Brand Hatch and they duly delivered once again with a second position in race one and a victory in race two.

“We’re delighted with the results,” said Driver and Director Alasdair McCaig. “It’s a shame the second race finished under the red flag but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Tony gave me a good run. He got us yesterday and we got him today so it’s a fantastic result ahead of Spa.”

The first race of the weekend saw McCaig and Colin Noble qualify and finish in a fighting second position in the #79 Ligier. McCaig was just pipped to the pole position at the chequered flag and in the race, initially lost ground but soon gained back position to run a competitive second before handing over to Noble.

The young Scottish driver went on to record the fastest lap of the race, but despite his best efforts was unable to close down the gap to race leader Matt Bell in the #3 car, finishing just under six seconds adrift.

The second race again saw McCaig qualify in second position behind the second Nielsen Racing entry of Jamie Spence. The start saw Tony Wells get the jump to run second, but McCaig wasn’t about to give up the position without a fight as he pushed hard and hounded the #3 car for position. Out front however, Spence managed to pull out a gap of 12 seconds in just the first nine laps in his #23 entry.

79-21A safety car after 13 minutes of running, after CJ Wilson went off and beached the car in the gravel, saw the field compressed once again. The race resumed with McCaig and Wells picking up where they left off in a great battle for second position. The duo pitted together with McCaig handing over to Noble, who got the jump during the stop to exit in second position ahead of Bell. With a 15 second deficit to the race leader, Noble started the chase.

Noble put in a string of quick laps to bring the gap down to seven seconds with just five minutes remaining. Race-leader Spence then suffered a puncture after light contact with a lapped car and the race was declared as the red flags flew with Noble taking his third win from four starts in the LMP3 Cup.

“It’s a good result obviously,” said Noble. “It sets us up perfectly for what will be a big race at Spa. I think we’re all looking forward to that as there will be 14 – 15 cars on the grid. It’s early in the season, so not focusing too much on the points. But three wins is a very good start.”

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