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Rising motor racing driver, Colin Noble (20) who’s sponsored by Midlothian car dealers, Alex F Noble & Son Nissan, is playing a major role in securing Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse’s near perfect start to the season.

Colin Noble (right) and Alasdair McCaig on the winners podium at Brands Hatch

2017 sees Ecurie Ecosse’s return to sports car racing on the 60th anniversary of its famous 24 Hours of Le Mans win.

Competing in both the Michelin Le Mans Cup in Europe and in the Henderson LMP3 Cup Championship in the UK, Ecurie Ecosse is running two Ligier LMP3 racing cars prepared by Nielsen Racing.

Colin, who hails from Penicuik in Midlothian, is the son of Colin Noble Snr, himself a former championship winning racing driver and director of Alex F Noble & Son.

Colin is teamed up for the season with Ecurie Ecosse director and driver, Alasdair McCaig in the LMP3 Cup and quite a pairing it has so far proved to be.

The opening round of the championship at Donington Park on the weekend of April 21-23, saw the team secure back to back debut wins in fine style, with McCaig running strongly only for Noble to take over the car in both events and push to the front.

There was a short pause ahead of the first race of the Michelin Le Mans Cup at Monza in Italy on the weekend of May 12-13 where Noble teamed up with Tony Wells, who ironically is a rival in the LMP3 Cup.

The pairing proved formidable, with Wells qualifying second at the ultra-high speed circuit, maintaining his pace in the race before handing over to Noble who once again rose to the challenge and moved to the front of the field to take a sensational debut win in the series.

Ecurie Ecosse’s latest action was back in the LMP3 Cup at Brands Hatch over the weekend of May 19-21. Noble and McCaig had to settle for second best – to Monza racer Wells – in the first race of the weekend, but the second saw the duo record the third win of the season after late race contact eliminated the leader, handing victory again to Noble.

Colin Noble said: “We could not have asked for a better start to our season both in the Le Mans Cup and the British LMP3 cup with three wins and a second position out of four races.  We must now keep finishing consistently well to stay ahead of our competitors.

“This is my first season driving with Alasdair and the LMP3 and we are really pushing each other as hard as we can to get these results. The whole team has gelled very well and there is a great vibe in the team right now. We just need to keep our heads down and are looking forward to the next meetings at Spa Francorchamps and Le Mans.”

 

For more information: www.alexfnoble.co.uk

For the seventh consecutive year, Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has taken part in a 1000km bike ride to raise money for Belgian cancer charity Kom op tegen Kanker (KOTK). From May 25-28 2017, three teams from Axalta cycled 250km on each of the four days, with all of the routes ending in Mechelen, Belgium, where Axalta’s Belgian office and production site is located. Axalta’s participation reflects the company’s strong commitment to its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

With approximately 13,000 employees, Axalta serve more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries.

Axalta employees from Belgium raised a total of 15,000 Euros for KOTK through a range of fundraising activities including selling flowers and home-made goods such as Easter eggs and pancakes. The charity will use the proceeds on clinical research to achieve higher survivability and better quality of life for cancer patients.

Luc van den Hemel, Plant Manager at Axalta in Mechelen, said: “Our cyclists should be proud not only of their physical achievement but also of the money raised for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts for this outstanding charity.”

The more than 800 teams that took part in the KOTK 1,000km bike ride in 2017 raised a total of 4,085,000 Euros.

 

For more information: www.axalta.com or www.1000km.be

Roger Griggs, on behalf of the Wheelwrights Charity 2020 Appeal, has agreed to take part in the 100-mile race on Sunday 30th July. The appeal was launched to support aspiring athletes with disabilities at grassroots level. The event starts at The Queen Elizabeth Park ‘Olympic Park’ sweeping through the streets of London into the beautiful countryside of Surrey which takes in some challenging hill climbs: ‘Box Hill fame’ before returning to London with the finish line on The Mall. This is quite a challenge for someone who does not ride bikes that often, and did not even have a bike at the time of signing up for the ride!

The inspiration behind the 2020 Appeal is the fact that the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo coincide with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. In May 2017 the Wheelwright’s Charity together with the National Tyre Distributors Association presented a cheque for £15,000 to WheelPower the British Wheelchair Sports charity at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. This was the first payment of a three-year joint commitment between the Wheelwrights and the NTDA.

You can help Roger raise money for the Wheelwrights 2020 Appeal by donating directly to their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/Roger-GriggsRideLondon?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Roger-GriggsRideLondon&utm_campaign=pfp-email

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Wheelwrights Charity 2020 Appeal and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation, however much, is worth even more. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So, it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Furthermore, as the Wheelwrights Charity is run voluntarily by Liverymen there are no overheads, so every pound you donate is paid out to beneficiaries.

 

For more information: www.ntda.co.uk