Sweet Success Season Starts with Victory at Silverstone
Ragus’ association with the famous Ecurie Ecosse racing team in 2013 could not have enjoyed a better start, when the legendary Scottish team scored victory in the GTC class of the opening round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at a rain-soaked Silverstone on April 13th.
Ecurie Ecosse famously won the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1956 and 1957, and now, with the team under the guardianship of Hugh McCaig, they plan to return to the world’s greatest endurance event in 2014.
Ragus sponsored Ecurie Ecosse GT3 wins again at Silverstone.
Building on the success of their 2012 season, during which the team only narrowly missed out on winning the coveted British GT Championship, Ecurie Ecosse entered the 3 Hours of Silverstone, an event sanctioned by the organisers of the Le Mans race – the Automobile Club de l’Oeust – to gain valuable experience in the world of long distance racing.
Torrential rain made for extremely difficult driving conditions around the hallowed Silverstone track. Eventually the race was halted early, as standing water on the circuit made racing impossible. But, to the delight of Ecurie Ecosse, their BMW Z4 GT3, driven by Ollie Millroy, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig was leading the GTC class at the time of the stoppage.
Victory in the team’s European Le Mans Series debut was a great reward for Ecurie Ecosse and their loyal team of supporters, including Ragus, whose new logo is displayed on the front and rear of the BMW.
Ben Eastick of Ragus explains; “Here at Ragus we are a forward-thinking and progressive company, and the high speed world of endurance motor racing is an excellent way to promote our brand. We were proud and privileged to be associated with the Ecurie Ecosse team during the 2012 season and we are delighted to continue our involvement this season. Victory at Silverstone was especially rewarding as the race was the first European Le Mans Series race of 2013. We share Ecurie Ecosse’s desire to succeed at the highest level and that is one reason we find this such a positive relationship.”
Hugh McCaig, Ecurie Ecosse Team Principal says; “Our inaugural European Le Mans Series race was certainly a baptism! The conditions during practice and the race were changeable and unpredictable, but the whole team adopted a sensible driving approach. We scored a brilliant class victory and finished tenth overall. This was a superb effort by the whole team. To win on our ELMS debut demonstrates our determination to win at the very highest level of the sport in endurance racing. This is only possible with the help and support of partners, like Ragus, who share our philosophy to succeed.”
The Ragus-supported Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 will be in action in the second round of the British GT Championship at Rockingham, Northants, on May 5th before heading to the Imola circuit in Italy for the second round of the European Le Mans Series on May 17-18th.