Scuderia Ecosse’s Three 2006 Challenges
Team owner Stewart Roden never gives anything away until it’s all absolutely in place – which Scuderia Ecosse’s 2006 programme virtually now is.

FIA GT Championship
Ferrari F430 GTC Nathan Kinch / Andrew Kirkaldy
Ferrari F430 GTC Chris Niarchos / Tim Mullen

Le Mans
Ferrari F430 GTC Drivers TBA

British GT Championship
Ferrari 430 GTC Chris Niarchos / Tim Mullen

So apart from the new F430 GTCs, the changes from 2005 are:
one car in British GTs, not two
instead of one car in the LMES, it will be two in the FIA GT Championship.

The calendar has worked out in such a way that the team can embark on this whole programme with its two, new 430s. In the British Championship, the Mullen / Niarchos car will (obviously) be fitted with Avon tyres. The team's supplier for FIA GTs has yet to be announced.

The team’s 2005 season concluded with an international win – at Istanbul, with a Ferrari 360 – but shortly the focus will be on the new 430s. The team will complete two shakedown tests at Fiorano in Italy this month, before the cars begin an intensive pre-season test programme.

“This is a huge year for Scuderia Ecosse,” commented Stewart Roden. “We had a lot of success with the Ferrari 360s – 19 wins in two years – so we are sad to see them go, but we have exciting times ahead with Maranello’s latest gem! Over the winter we have welcomed some new partners and are delighted to have renewed deals with our long-term supporters. One of our biggest strengths is people power: I have a great team here and our strength lies in continuity. By keeping the same team and the same drivers we cut out all the acclimatisation time and can get straight down to business!”

Testing in the UK will begin at Knockhill on March 24, and the first race for the team will be the British GT event at Oulton Park on Easter weekend.

 

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