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Is it just me, or is there something not quite right about Ecurie Ecosse’ return to the tracks this year? Is this a portent of things to come? Has Ecurie Ecosse achieved something about which Wee Eck can only dream? Have we finally become an independent nation that has embraced Europe?
With hot pies and pizza crunch under threat from the UK VAT man, are we about to embrace sauerkraut and bratwurst? Is this the beginning of the end – a Scottish-German partnership?
The news that Ecurie Ecosse will campaign, of all things, a German car this year will upset some of the diehards. The team which was synonymous with Jaguar and Le Mans, Aston Martin and Austin Rover, Mallock and Vauxhall will be running a BMW Z4 GT3 in the British GT Championship and pan-European Blancpain Endurance Series.
The team will debut the new car at Oulton Park next weekend (April 7-9) on the opening round of the British GT Championship. The following weekend they’re off to Monza for the opening event in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series.
Two Scottish drivers, Andrew Smith and Alasdair McCaig, will be joined by English drivers Oliver Bryant and Joe Twyman in the driver line-up.
The team has just concluded a deal with London's foremost historic automobile specialists, Fiskens, to run in their colours with Fiskens joining team supporters John Clark Motor Group, Cotton Tree, Bremont and Ragus.
But here’s the thing, Gregor Fisken actually drove for Ecurie Ecosse ten years ago taking third place in the Group C2 class at the 2002 Nurburgring 24 Hours - in a BMW M3.