Ecurie Ecosse taking the positives from challenging Blancpain Endurance

Legendary Scottish motor racing outfit Ecurie Ecosse emerged from a challenging Blancpain Endurance Series race at Silverstone with a solid finish after battling tricky weather conditions at the British Grand Prix venue.The two-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winning squad, who recorded a 34th place overall finish in Sunday’s three-hour event, will take particular encouragement from completing another full race distance aboard their Barwell Motorsport-run BMW Z4 GT3 and the performance of former BMW scholarship driver Ollie Milroy, who set a scintillating pace during his stint.The team was enjoying its second outing in the pan-European championship following April's season-opening Monza round where Milroy, Joe Twyman and Andrew Smith finished an impressive 11th in their 39-strong class.With Smith unavailable for Sunday's event due to a long-standing personal commitment, British GT campaigner Marco Attard was added to the driver line-up for Silverstone. It would be a baptism of fire for the Edinburgh-born racer as he adjusted to the Z4 and contended with the wet conditions that prevailed at Silverstone.After showing top-20 pace in free practice, Saturday's qualifying proved tricky as the team's choice of set-up failed to pay dividends and left them towards the rear of a bumper 50-car field. Twyman took the start of the three-hour event, which began behind the safety car due to the level of standing water on track. When racing began he worked hard to keep the car on the circuit and was ultimately able to complete a clean stint aboard the Z4.Having replaced Twyman on the hour, Millroy quickly got up to speed and began to turn heads with a succession of quick lap times. The youngster was amongst the fastest drivers on the circuit, belying his lack of experience in wet weather GT racing and making up several positions for the Scottish squad.After a 70-minute run Millroy handed over to Attard, who endured a fraught stint that included an off-track excursion and drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit-lane. However, the Scot was able to keep his cool in the face of those setbacks to bring the car home 34th overall and 25th in the highly competitive Pro-Am class.Hugh McCaig, Ecurie Ecosse Team Principal: “Silverstone proved to be a tricky weekend but we have learned a great deal that will be invaluable in the future. It's a shame that we were unable to get the most out of qualifying but I was pleased with all three drivers' performances during the race. Ollie in particular did a sterling job and continues to mark himself out as a real talent to watch in the future. Our attentions now turn to the British GT Championship where Olly Bryant and Alasdair McCaig will be looking to take a second win of the season and strengthen their title bid.“Finally, I'd like to welcome our new sponsors Y.CO onboard after seeing their logos on the Z4 for the first time in the Blancpain Endurance Series. It's a testament to the strength of the Ecurie Ecosse name that we are able to add new backers throughout the season, and we aim to share a great deal of success with Y.CO during what we hope will be a long partnership.”Joe Twyman, Ecurie Ecosse Driver: “We've had better weekends than this but we're on a very steep learning curve this season and all experience gained is vital. The conditions were very tricky during my stint so I was pleased to be able to hand the car to Ollie in one piece. He did a tremendous job and I hope to be sharing the car with him for a long time to come. Hopefully we can get some dry running at Paul Ricard to really exploit the BMW's potential.”Ollie Milroy, Ecurie Ecosse Driver: “It was a tricky weekend for the team but I must admit that I really enjoyed my stint. It was great to show some pace and catching and passing several cars made this a successful day for me. We know we have the potential to produce even better showings and I hope to be part of the team as they move forward and continue to climb towards the head of the field.”Ecurie Ecosse's attention will now switch back to their British GT Championship commitments as Olly Bryant and Alasdair McCaig prepare to tackle rounds at Rockingham (June 9-10) and Brands Hatch (June 23-24). The next Blancpain event will see the team travel to French venue Paul Ricard on July 1 for the third round of the championship.

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