Silverstone: Scuderia Ecosse preview

READY FOR ROUND TWO! Edinburgh, Scotland -- 27 April 2007: The GT teams arrive at Silverstone next week for round two of the 2007 FIA GT Championship and the Scuderia Ecosse team head into the event with a ...

READY FOR ROUND TWO!

Edinburgh, Scotland -- 27 April 2007: The GT teams arrive at Silverstone next week for round two of the 2007 FIA GT Championship and the Scuderia Ecosse team head into the event with a formidable driver line-up.

With Tomas Enge still sidelined the team will field Tim Mullen and Andrew Kirkaldy in Ferrari no.62 and 1992 FIA Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell, will join 2006 British GT Champion, Chris Niarchos, in Ferrari no.63.

Nigel Mansell OBE:

"I'm very much looking forward to driving the Ferrari again this weekend. The first run at Knockhill a few weeks ago was good but I'm keen to see how we perform at Silverstone. The circuit has been good to me over the years so I hope we can have a good race and put on a great show for everyone who comes down to watch us."

Chris Niarchos:

"I'm very excited about the Silverstone race and I feel very privileged to be driving with Nigel. Three days with Nigel Mansell is like a lifetime with any other driver in terms of opportunities to learn so I will make sure I soak it all up. We may come from vastly different backgrounds in racing terms but we are both there to do our best for the team so I hope to take the fact I am driving with an absolute legend in my stride and do the best job I possibly can. I can't wait."

Andrew Kirkaldy:

"We go into Silverstone off the back of a very thorough and productive test in Estoril. We made progress in many areas not least the tyres; Pirelli are pulling out all the stops to help us win this championship. I was really pleased to see Chris driving so well and I know he's really looking forward to driving with Nigel. It will be interesting for me to drive with Tim this time out; we both know the circuit well and we are going there to win. It's great to have Nigel on the team too. He has vast experience and a lot of good ideas about the car so I can't wait to get stuck in!"

Tim Mullen:

"I think the combination of myself and Andrew will be a strong one. We've been working hard all week in Estoril with Pirelli to find the right tyre for Silverstone and we're feeling confident for the race. It's great that Andrew is able to fill in for Tomas as we already know each other well so we don't need any time to adjust to one another. I think we're on for a good weekend although it'll be strange to race against the guy I used to watch on the TV when being a racing driver was still a dream. Strange...but cool!"

Stewart Roden, Scuderia Ecosse team principal:

"Well, here we go! This is the part where the talk stops and the action starts! We've just had a great test at Estoril where we made some good improvements to the whole package. Pirelli want us to win and have shown huge enthusiasm and support; it was a great benefit to have the opportunity to test like this early in the season. We've been bowled over by the reaction to the news that Nigel is joining us at Silverstone. It'll be a busy weekend for us but we want to do a good job for Nigel and of course for our championship campaign so we'll be getting our heads down and working hard next week."

-credit: se

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Tomas Enge , Nigel Mansell , Chris Niarchos , Tim Mullen , Andrew Kirkaldy