Scuderia Ecosse Turn Their Attention to 2010
3rd April 2009
Scottish race team Scuderia Ecosse has today announced that they will not
be racing in this season’s FIA GT Championship. Despite having been offered
a number of exciting opportunities to participate in this year’s Championship
the team will now focus their attention on preparing for a return to competitive
international GT racing in the 2010 FIA GT World Championship.
Team Principal Stewart Roden explained the reasons behind the decisions,
“As well as managing the Scuderia Ecosse race team myself and my senior
management team are also responsible for running a highly successful prestige
Bodyshop Repair business. As such we have a moral and financial responsibility
to the employees of that business to ensure that we are on hand to steer the
company through what is, as everyone recognises, very difficult times for the
At the beginning of this year we secured a major new contract from one of
the country’s most respected insurance groups. On the back of this contract
we have committed a considerable amount of capital investment to expand our
existing state of the art facilities, which will allow us to continue to grow
and expand the business this year and beyond.
Although we are disappointed not to be racing this year we felt that it was
important in the short-term to focus 100% on our core business. We will however
continue to support and attend our clients and friends at Ferrari Owners track
days throughout the year at home and abroad.
My commercial staff are already working flat out preparing for next season.
We are currently in discussions with a number of potential sponsors and technical
partners that are interested in supporting the team when we return in 2010
as a serious contender for both the FIA GT World Championship and Le Mans 24
I would very much like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have
worked with and supported the team in recent seasons and in particular our
sponsors, technical partners, employees and to! wish Stephane, the SRO and
all participating teams a successful and enjoyable season in 2009.”