Ecurie Ecosse makes a comeback to the Le Mans series
Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, are set to make a comeback to Le Mans 60 years after its famous victory.
The Scottish-based team has paired up with Nielsen Racing to join the Le Mans Cup series, to feed to the European Le Mans Series.
The championship starts in May at Monza, Italy, and will head to Le Mans for the biggest race of the season.
In addition, Ecurie Ecosse will join the new Henderson LMP3 Cup, 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.”
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.