History of Ecurie Ecosse

Founded in November 1951 by David Murray and Walter Ernest “Wilkie” Wilkinson in Edinburgh, Ecurie Ecosse are one of the most recognisable racing teams in the world thanks to their iconic Flag Blue and the use of the Saltire to signify their proud historic roots in Scotland and with some of the most legendary Scottish drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and many others.

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Ecurie Ecosse’s most famous achievement came in both 1956 and 1957 with the back to back wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the iconic Jaguar D Type which adorned the world famous Ecurie Ecosse Transporter. Ecurie Ecosse also competed briefly in the early years of Formula One and entered 3 race but only completing one race with Leslie Thorne in the British Grand Prix of 1954 in a Connaught Type A.

Ecurie’s name was cemented into history with its successful record at Le Mans as a privateer team with their privately entered Jaguar D Types.

The original incarnation of the Scottish Stable of motorsport stopped competing in 1971 but began again in the 1980s under the leadership of Hugh McCaig who remains at the helm to this day which saw him take the team to win the C2 Class in the World Sports Car Championship of 1986 and ran competitively in both the 1992 and 1993 British Touring Car Championship.

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Nielsen Racing and Ecurie Ecosse

The Edinburgh motorsport outfit have partnered with several motorsport teams over the years to compete in the likes of GT3 and now partnering with Nielsen Racing to enter the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup to bring these two well respected teams into the forefront of this new formula as well as this new venture and partnership that already has proved successful on racetracks across Europe.

The Ligier JS P3 is maintained and prepared for the teams at their Corby headquarters where all work is undertaken to the highest level in order to ensure the car is technically up to standard and that reliable should not be an issue. The Ecurie Ecosse drivers for the Nielsen run Number 79 car in 2017 season are Alisdair McCaig and Colin Noble who picked up the first round win at Donnington followed by Nielsen Racing’s very own Number 23 Ligier JS P3 driven by Jason Rishover and Jamie Spence.

The 2017 LMP3 Cup season with partnership between Ecurie Ecosse and Nielsen Racing is set to be a fruitful endeavour in a competitive class of racing that has quickly become a well followed and well respected formula in a short space of time.

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