Ollie handled the difficult conditions at Silverstone this weekend to take the chequered flag in round one of the European Le Mans Series. Driving the 2013 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3, following a successful development test on Wednesday at Rockingham, the team felt confident approaching their debut race in the ELMS Championship, on their home circuit. The weather forecast was for mixed conditions with heavy rain on Saturday and Silverstone and didn’t fail to deliver.
Tam mate Andrew Smith was first out and managed the lack of grip extremely well. When the heavy rain started during the first lap, the team immediately pitted him to change the car onto wet tyres. He then delivered a solid, strong stint, getting the Ecurie Ecosse car into the lead of the GTC Category and fourth in the GT class overall.
Alasdair McCaig took over for the second 45-minute stint, driving the car in wet conditions for the first time. With the conditions worsening every lap, he put in an impressive drive to maintain the team’s lead before handing the car over to Ollie for the second half of the race.
The team decided to run Ollie in the car for back-to-back stints and he was certainly going to prove his worth in the treacherous conditions, however the rain was coming down heavily and there was standing water the whole way round the circuit so it became a game of survival with cars spinning and running off everywhere. Ollie called upon all his single-seater experience in these conditions to manage the aquaplaning and keeping the car in a solid position. With just over one hour to go the race director decided to release the safety car to slow the pace as the cars were becoming uncontrollable. The next forty minutes were spent in formation, albeit with cars still spinning on the standing water, before the race director decided to call a halt and end the race.
Ollie Millroy – “This is a very good result for myself and the team, It’s just a shame that the race ended behind the safety car, but the safety of the drivers has to be the priority. The Ecurie Ecosse Barwell Motorsport team didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend and we can take maximum points to the next round at Imola next month.”
The next round of the European Le Mans Series will take place at Imola on the 18th May, where Ollie will share the car with Andrew Smith and Joe Twyman.