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SOLID START TO BRITISH GT CAMPAIGN FOR BLACK BULL ECURIE ECOSSE

20th April 2016


 



In the GT4 category the team made history on two fronts. Not only did Sandy Mitchell become the youngest driver to contest a British GT event at 16 years and 41 days, but he and co-driver Ciaran Haggerty also gave the brand-new McLaren 570S GT4 its British GT debut.



Inconsistent Saturday weather thwarted both drivers’ attempts to familiarise themselves with the car on the Brands Hatch GP layout, but each performed well to secure seventh on the GT4 grid.

Mitchell ran comfortably inside the top 10 during the opening stint, but had his progress hindered by the full-course caution, preventing him from making ground up on his rivals at a time when his lap times were significantly the faster.

Ciaran took over the car once the pit window opened and was the quickest GT4 car on track during the closing stages of the race as he moved up to sixth spot. He was within touching distance of fourth when the red flag-induced early conclusion spoiled his chances.

Alasdair McCaig, Driver, Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse: “For our first time with two new cars, the pace we’ve shown is extremely encouraging. We knew Brands would be something of a fact-finding mission and we’ve certainly come away having learnt an awful lot. Rob’s pace during the second half of the race was superb and shows that the GT3 McLaren is capable of doing great things. I’m certain we could have finished higher than seventh had circumstances not played their part, and that shows that the car has enough potential to give us a very good season. In GT4, I was very impressed by the showing of both Sandy and Ciaran, both of whom were making their endurance racing debuts and who came through their first driver change with flying colours despite the pit-lane being very crowded. Although fourth could have been possible without the early stoppage, sixth is a strong result to start with and both drivers and the car will only improve as the season continues.”


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A BIT MORE ABOUT ECURIE ECOSSE:
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.

A BIT MORE ABOUT BLACK BULL
Sponsors Black Bull Scotch Whisky are blended whiskies full of flavour and character ranging from their Kyloe brand to a 12 year old and 40 year old whisky. The whisky is available throughout the UK and US markets and the parent company, Duncan Taylor, continue to push the boundaries of the modern day blends. For more information log onto www.duncantaylor.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ALASDAIR McCAIG:
Email: team@ecurieecosse.com
Web: www.ecurieecosse.com

 

 
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