Following his impressive GT career debut with the team in 2012, Ollie Millroy will again join Ecurie Ecosse having now signed a deal to lead the legendry Scottish outfit’s assault on the GTC Class in the 2013 European Le Mans Series driving their brand new 2013 Barwell Motorsport run BMW Z4 GT3.
After a promising 2012 in both the British GT Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series, the team are targeting the GTC Class ELMS title which in 2013 comes with a guaranteed 2014 GTE-Am Le Mans entry. Ollie will be joined by 2012 Blancpain teammate Andrew Smith for four out of the five ELMS rounds, with regular Ecurie Ecosse drivers Joe Twyman and Alasdair McCaig competing in three rounds each.
Ollie, a 2008 BMW Scholarship Winner, had a string of impressive performances in the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series driving the 2011-specification Ecurie Ecosse Z4 GT3. He will lead the charge in the No. 79 car, and is confident going into the new season: “We showed good pace throughout last year in an old-spec car, and had a strong end to the season. 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.”
Edinburgh-based British driver Andrew Smith, who contested three of the 2012 Blancpain rounds alongside Ollie, is confident that the team’s new car and driver line-up will be a force to be reckoned with this season: “It’s great to have Ollie back on board for 2013. He is highly committed and fits perfectly with the ethos of the team. Last year he showed superb pace and put an old-spec car in lots of places it probably shouldn’t have been, so with brand new machinery and a great driver line up I am very confident we have all the ingredients in place to fight for the championship.”
Ollie will continue his pre-season preparations with a testing programme in the lead up to the ELMS season opener at Silverstone, UK over the weekend 12-14 April 2013.