Sims Completes Ecurie Ecosse’s 24 Hours Of Spa Line-Up
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, June 23 2014 @ 12:20 PM EDT
Factory BMW Motorsport driver Alexander Sims will join Ecurie Ecosse Powered By Black Bull’s 24 Hours of Spa line-up for the blue riband round of this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series on July 26/27.
The 26-year-old completes the legendary Scottish outfit’s already talented BES driver crew of Olly Bryant, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig at the classic Belgian event where important additional points will count towards the championship’s Pro-Am class title.
Sims is already an integral member of the Ecurie Ecosse camp having scored a brace of British GT pole positions, a victory and two more podiums aboard the same Barwell Motorsport-run BMW Z4 GT3 he’ll now race at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Briton is also no stranger to the 24 Hours of Spa having contested the race as a works McLaren driver last season.
Alexander Sims: “I'm extremely excited about joining the Ecurie Ecosse line-up for the 24 Hours of Spa this year. I know the team very well from our British GT campaign together and am confident that we’ll be competing right at the front in Belgium. Any 24-hour race is extremely demanding on the car, team and drivers, but Spa has to be one of the most competitive as well. The Pro-Am category looks typically strong, so I’m really looking forward to working with Olly, Andrew, Alasdair and the whole team in trying to fight for the win.”
Olly Bryant: “It's great news that Alexander will be joining us for Spa. He has integrated into the team really well and is doing a first-class job for us in British GT. Our BMW Z4 should suit the Spa layout and Alexander will add further strength to our competitive Pro-Am crew. Spa is my favourite circuit and I’m looking forward to pushing the Z4 to its limits around there. I’m confident that with this driver line-up, as well as the engineering support from Barwell and BMW Motorsport, we should be competitive.”
Mark Lemmer, Barwell Motorsport Team Principal: “It’s great that the factory have made Alexander available to us for this year’s 24 Hours of Spa. He’s currently proving to be the star pro driver in British GT! So we have a Pro-Am crew built around strength in depth, and with the 2014 BMW Z4 GT3 developed with endurance success in mind we have all the ingredients to put together a really strong race.”
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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 lead it on to further great success, including:
1985: Runners-up, 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
Runners-up, C2 World Sportscar Championship
1988: Winners, British Thunder Saloons Championship
1995: Winners, British Touring Car Championship
2013: 3rd, British GT Championship
3rd, European Le Mans Series (GTC)
*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.
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