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Legendary team to make full time comeback in British GT

Tuesday, February 21 2012

The legendary Ecurie Ecosse outfit will race in the British GT Championship in 2012, in partnership with former champion team Barwell Motorsport. They will field a BMW Z4, after a one-off appearance in the Spa 24 Hours last year and this season will mark 60 years since the Scottish team's first race. The car will be driven by Oliver Bryant and Alasdair McCaig and the entry is part of a programme that will see the famous name back at Le Mans.

Ecurie Ecosse's first race outing was in 1952 when founder David Murray entered the British Grand Prix in a Cooper. The team also entered Formula 2 but was best known for its sportscar exploits, winning the 1956 and '57 Le Mans 24 Hours as part of Jaguar's domination of the race during that decade. The famous blue cars with their white nosebands were driven by some of the best exponents of the sport, including brothers Jackie and Jimmy Stewart, Innes Ireland, Masten Gregory and Ivor Bueb.

The team was out of action by the early 1970s but was revived by Edinburgh businessman and Ecurie Ecosse Association member Hugh McCaig in 1983. Class wins at Le Mans and in the World Sportscar Championship followed, as well as victories in the British Thunder Saloons Championship. A non-works entry in the British Touring Car Championship in association with Ray Mallock Limited saw David Leslie take the flag at the wheel of a Cavalier, before RML was awarded the works Vauxhall deal, powering John Cleland to the 1995 title.

The Z4 entry marks a full-time return to racing after nearly 20 years. "This is a very exciting development for Ecurie Ecosse," said team boss Hugh McCaig. "We looked at a number of options for 2012 following the race at Spa last year, but I believe with the BMW Z4 and the team at Barwell we have absolutely the right combination for success. We also have a team of ambitious and talented young drivers, who have shown their commitment to this programme through a tireless effort to put the deal together in an extremely challenging economic environment. Ultimately we want to be back at Le Mans, and this is a fantastic step in the right direction."

Round one of the British GT Championship is at Oulton Park on 6, 7 & 9 April. Tickets are available in advance from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under - click here for more information. The series will also visit the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 23-24 June and tickets are available from £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under - click here for more information. Snetterton 300 also hosts a round of the championship on 4-5 August. Tickets for this event are available from £17 with free entry for children aged 12 and under - click here for more information.