Scuderia Ecosse six hour report

The Scuderia Ecosse team is now six hours into the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours. The Ferrari 430 is still going strong with Andrew Kirkaldy currently running in third position. The race started in hot and sunny conditions after the usual pomp and...

The Scuderia Ecosse team is now six hours into the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours. The Ferrari 430 is still going strong with Andrew Kirkaldy currently running in third position. The race started in hot and sunny conditions after the usual pomp and ceremony that comes with such an historic event. Tim Mullen was at the wheel for the start and ran strongly throughout the first stint. The drama began just three laps into the race when Babini went off in the BMS Aston Martin. Mullen was unable to avoid running over debris from the Italian team's car but, after a few tense laps, it became clear no damage had been done. Mullen came in after an hour to hand over to Andrew Kirkaldy.

Kirkaldy was pitched straight into a battle with the Flying Lizards and IMSA Porsches. After running third, just a few seconds short of the American Porsche's, the Scot pitted in the class lead just after 1900hrs to hand over to Chris Niarchos. Niarchos had a good stint but suffered a momentary lapse of concentration at the Dunlop chicane towards the end of his run. No damage was sustained so once out of the gravel he resumed and pitted to hand over to Tim Mullen for a double stint. At the end of his long run Mullen's only complaint was a that he has a sore right foot from being on full throttle for so long! Darkness has now fallen at Le Mans, it's still quite warm at 25C and Andrew Kirkaldy is back behind the wheel for the run into the night.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Chris Niarchos , Tim Mullen , Andrew Kirkaldy