Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Scruffy Bear Pic­tures, Kre­mer Rob Bell heads fac­tory Ecurie Ecosse en­try into GT3

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Ecurie Ecosse will re­turn to Bri­tish GT this year through a new fac­tory part­ner­ship with Mclaren GT.

The Wok­ing firm will back a sin­gle 650S GT3 for works driver Rob Bell and Alas­dair Mccaig. The car will run in the fa­mous blue, white and black colours that pre­vi­ously adorned the Bar­well Mo­tor­sport BMW Z4, which Marco At­tard – aided by pro driver Alexan­der Sims – steered to the ti­tle in 2014.

For Bell, 36, this year will mark his first do­mes­tic rac­ing cam­paign since 2002.

He has since gone on to race suc­cess­fully in­ter­na­tion­ally in en­durance rac­ing.

Mccaig last con­tested Bri­tish GT in 2012, shar­ing a BMW Z4 GT3 with Oliver Bryant and fin­ish­ing fifth in the points.

Bell said: “It is great to have the chance to race back on home soil. Since join­ing Mclaren GT as a fac­tory driver in 2011 I have had the op­por­tu­nity to race at some of the world’s most iconic cir­cuits, but it is al­ways spe­cial to race back on my old stomp­ing ground with the sup­port of the Bri­tish fans, who are the best in the world.

“The Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship has been grow­ing in stature over the past years and this sea­son looks set to be one of the tough­est cham­pi­onships for me, the team and the 650S GT3. But I am con­fi­dent in all par­ties be­ing up to the chal­lenge and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Alas­dair.”

Mclaren GT head An­drew Kirkaldy added: “The level of com­pe­ti­tion in Bri­tish GT has al­ways been high but now it is rapidly be­com­ing one of the world’s tough­est GT3 cham­pi­onships, and it will be great to see a Mclaren wear­ing the Ecurie Ecosse colours.

“The team is in a great po­si­tion for a cham­pi­onship as­sault this year. Rob brings sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence with him, which will help them hit the ground run­ning. He will be a great part­ner for Alas­dair.”

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