Ecurie Ecosse have announced they will run a full season in the GTC class of the European Le Mans Series with their brand new Barwell Motorsport run BMW Z4 GT3.
The Hugh McCaig managed team will run in the ELMS alongside a second full season in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship with Oliver Bryant and Marco Attard confirmed as representing the historic in that championship.
“This is a very exciting development for Ecurie Ecosse,” said McCaig. “We looked at a number of options for 2013 following our return last year but believe, with the combination of BMW’s Z4 GT3 and the guys at Barwell, that we absolutely have the right ingredients in place to achieve 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.”
Leading their assault on the ELMS, which begins at Silverstone on April 13 will be Ollie Millroy, a former BMW scholarship winner who drove for the team in 2012 in both the Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT, filling in for an injured Bryant for the Snetterton weekend.
“We showed good pace throughout last year in an old-spec car, and had a strong end to the season,” said Millroy. “I learned a lot about the Z4 but there is much more to come, I am very excited that we’re going to have the very latest kit this year, and I’m very happy to be continuing my relationship with Ecurie Ecosse and Barwell Motorsport.”
Andrew Smith will serve as Millroy’s teammate for four of the five ELMS rounds with fellow Ecurie Ecosse regulars Alasdair McCaig and Joe Twyman each scheduled for three rounds to fill a three-man driver roster for each round of the season.
“We are all very excited to be involved in the continuing development of the Ecurie Ecosse comeback,” said Smith. “We are confident the BMW Z4 GT3 is one of the best chassis out there and I have no doubt that our combination of car, drivers and team will prove competitive.”