Ecurie Ecosse

In a year where the team celebrates the 60th anniversary of a famous 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, Ecurie Ecosse is pleased to confirm its plans for the 2017 season, including a return to Circuit de la Sarthe this June.

The Scottish-based team have paired up with Nielsen Racing and have an exciting programme for the year as they join the Le Mans Cup, the feeder series to the European Le Mans Series, as well as the new Henderson LMP3 Cup.

The Le Mans Cup is proving to be an ever-popular championship and starts in May at Monza, Italy before heading to Le Mans for the biggest race of the season – dubbed the ‘Road to Le Mans’.  Four further rounds follow at top European circuits and the series concludes in October in Portimao.

The LMP3 Cup Championship is fully endorsed by the ACO – the governing body behind Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series – and spans 12 rounds starting at Donington Park in April and concluding at the same venue in September.

The team will field Ligier LMP3 machinery in both championships, with Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig competing in the Henderson LMP3 Cup and Noble and Tony Wells in the Le Mans Cup.

Noble, who is backed by A F Noble & Son, competed with the Radical works team last year as well as the International GT Open. McCaig ran with Ecurie Ecosse in the British GT championship at the wheel of a McLaren, while Wells won the Radical European Masters Series with Nielsen Racing last year with nine wins.

“We have plenty of exciting news to come, but to start with it’s great to confirm our race programme for the coming season” said Director and Driver McCaig. “We’re really looking forward to running the car in both the Le Mans Cup and the Henderson LMP3 Cup.

“We are pushing hard to get back into the sports car scene and we feel this is the perfect time and the best opportunity for us to build on our experience, history and passion for endurance racing, while delivering the results for our sponsors.  I am delighted to welcome Edinburgh Gin and Alex F Noble & Son as our new partners for 2017 and would like to thank the John Clark Motor Group for their continued support.”

Ecurie Ecosse was formed in 1951 by Edinburgh accountant David Murray. Under his leadership the team achieved a huge number of international race victories, the most prestigious being overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1956, and finishing 1st and 2nd in the same race in 1957. Ecurie Ecosse took the racing world by storm and to this day has an unprecedented reputation as a winning formula. In 1983 Ecurie Ecosse Association Member and Edinburgh businessman Hugh McCaig took control of the team and led it on to further great success, including:
1985: 2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
1986: Winners, C2 World Sports Car Championship
1987: Winners, Index Of Performance, Le Mans 24 Hours*
2nd in class and 8th overall, Le Mans 24 Hours
2nd, C2 World Sportscar Championship
1988: Winners, British Thunder Saloons Championship
1995: Winners, British Touring Car Championship
2013: 3rd, British GT Championship (Drivers’)
3rd, European Le Mans Series (GTC)
2014: Winners, British GT Championship (Drivers’)
3rd, British GT Championship (Teams’ with Barwell Motorsport)
3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Teams’ with Barwell Motorsport)
3rd, Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am (Drivers’)
2015: Winners, British GT Championship (Teams’ with Barwell Motorsport)
2nd, British GT Championship (Drivers’)
*This is awarded for the best performance in terms of the combination of speed and fuel efficiency.
Three Formula One World Champions and every Scottish Formula One winner has raced for Ecurie Ecosse. They were the first privately entered outfit to beat works teams in the British Touring Car Championship. An extraordinary list of legendary drivers have raced for Ecurie Ecosse including Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Ian Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory, Roy Salvadori, Richard Attwood, Ron Flockhart, Brian Redman, David Coulthard, Allan McNish, Johnny Dumfries, David Leslie and Tom Walkinshaw. Ecurie Ecosse remains one of the world’s most important and influential teams still in existence, while there are very few still operating today that have such a rich and historical background.
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