Ecurie Ecosse

Alasdair McCaig in the Lister-Jaguar lapping Anthony Baber’s Lister-Jaguar (Photo courtesy www.E40

Anthony Baber’s Lister-Jaguar (Photo courtesy www.E40

At the Spa historic meeting in September Alasdair McCaig and Andrew Smith were heavily involved, each of them racing two different cars. Alasdair was invited to share John Clarkï’s lightweight Jaguar E type in the Spa 6 hour race with John’s son Chris Clark as the third driver. The six-hour event was a hard slog on a circuit that is not only fast but is hard on the brakes. In the end they finished in third place overall which was a superb performance. Ahead of them were two other E-types, the winning car being driven by the Alan and Jon Minshaw with Martin Stretton and the John Young, Jenkinson, Oliver Bryant E-type.

Andrew Smith, however, was at his best driving the family Lola T70 MkII and he won outright the Masters sports car race ahead of some tough opposition, a win that completes an interesting and highly successful season where he even dipped his toe in historic grand prix cars.( See Monaco story). In his other race, however, he was going well with his Jaguar E type but was caught up in someone elses accident and had to retire.

Meanwhile Barry Wood s who owns the Ecurie Ecosse Cooper-Bristol invited Alasdair McCaig to share his Lister-Jaguar Knobbly in the BRDC Sports car race. Though Spa is a formidable circuit at any time and Alasdair had never even sat in the Lister-Jaguar before he qualified in 8th place. In the opening stages of the race was embroiled in a battle with Julien Majzub driving the Canadian-built Sadler MkIII . Julien retired and Alasdair set off after the leaders. When he came in to the pits for the compulsory pit-stop Barry Wood decided that as Alasdair was a few seconds a lap quicker than him Alasdair should stay at the wheel and he went on to finish Third behind Alan Minshaw’s T61 Maserati Birdcage and Edward McIntyre’s Lotus 15. What made the result more important was that the next Lister-Jaguar driven by Brazilian Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson finished down in fifth place. It was a good result for both to end the season.

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