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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

ŠKODA is celebrating the production of its 15-millionth vehicle since the beginning of its partnership with Volkswagen. The two companies have thereby reached another milestone in their shared success story. Since being incorporated into the Volkswagen Group in 1991, ŠKODA has transformed from a regional operator into an established high-volume manufacturer that is represented in over 100 markets across the world. Last year, the car manufacturer achieved a new sales record with 1,126,500 deliveries.

“ŠKODA has developed very dynamically as part of Volkswagen Group,” said ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, adding: “With globally successful products and a motivated team, we continue along our path to growth. Strategy 2025 describes the major process of change, through which we are preparing the company for the future – most notably with the expansion of our SUV campaign, the digitalisation of our products, processes and production, as well as by turning our attention to electromobility.”

ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus added: “The fact that 15 million ŠKODA cars have been produced since the beginning of our partnership with Volkswagen Group emphasises the high level of production quality at our Czech and international sites as well as the expertise of our staff. Thanks to its model range and also its modern production facilities, the long-established ŠKODA brand stands for state-of-the-art technology and efficiency.”

In the past 25 years, ŠKODA has written an exemplary success story and has developed into an established high-volume manufacturer. After a fresh start under the umbrella of Volkswagen Group in 1991, the Czech brand initially offered one model range and sold 170,000 cars per year. In 2016, the manufacturer achieved a new record figure with 1,126,500 deliveries being made worldwide. After the first five months of this year, ŠKODA is once again on course for record sales, having delivered 480,000 cars so far.

With seven model ranges and over 40 model variants, ŠKODA is now represented in all important segments. The brand’s extensive SUV campaign began with the launch of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ in February 2017. This is being continued with the KAROQ compact SUV, whose production will begin shortly. With a total of 5.6 million cars, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA represents the largest proportion of the 15 million cars that have been produced since the merger with Volkswagen, followed by the small car, ŠKODA FABIA, with four million and the ŠKODA SUPERB with just over one million.

As it has grown, the company has been cultivating an international and efficient production network. In its home country of the Czech Republic, besides its main plant in Mladá Boleslav, the manufacturer also operates production plants in Kvasiny and Vrchlabí. In addition, ŠKODA cars are rolling off the production line at Volkswagen Group plants in China, India, Russia and Slovakia.

The consistent expansion of the model range and development of the brand’s innovation culture as well as improvement in production capacity are important components of ŠKODA’s 2025 strategy. With this strategy, the car manufacturer is preparing for progressive and profound change within society and the industry. In this context, the company will – over the coming years – once again significantly intensify its focus on the topics of digitalisation, electrification and internationalisation, and will provide modern solutions for the mobility of the future.

 

For more information: www.skoda.co.uk

William Pank.

Yuasa backed sailor William Pank has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2017 Optimist World Championship which will be held in Thailand next month. The 14-year-old from Norfolk will be one of just five sailors racing for Team GB in the event.

The selection comes off the back of a super successful year for William during which he achieved 13 podium finishes and multiple wins. These included winning the Feva World Championship in Santander, beating current top Olympians with a race win in the Endeavour Trophy and being crowned 2016 UK Optimist Winter Champion.

Despite his success, the teenager’s journey has not been entirely plain sailing. At Easter this year, just four weeks before the Team GB selection event, William severely injured his shoulder after falling off his bike. Despite this putting him completely out of action, he bounced back strongly and not only got back on the water for the event in Weymouth but also won it! Since then he has also added the Inland Optimist National Championship title to his trophy cabinet.

William is excited to be competing in Thailand on the world stage: “I am hoping to make gold fleet and to finish within the top 25, I’m a little scared but it’s going to be a new experience. I’m well prepared and I know what to expect because I have learned a lot from the foreign events I’ve done already, although the heat out there can get up to 27 degrees in the water which is lot hotter than I’m used to! It’s going to be tough but I know I can do it!

“I am pleased that Yuasa are supporting me. It’s unreal to be on the same level as the successful racing drivers Yuasa also sponsor. I am honoured that the world’s leading battery manufacturer can sponsor and support my sailing. I hope to do them proud out in Thailand.

“It’s surreal to be representing Team GB and I definitely didn’t expect it after my injury. I am honoured to be representing my country.”

James Douglas, Marketing Executive at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “We’re delighted to be backing William as he jets off to the Optimist World Championships in Thailand. We’ve sponsored him for several seasons now and have been really impressed with the fantastic results he has managed to achieve on the water.

“Although he has won many titles already, William clearly has a lot of talent and future potential and we are excited to see where his career takes him. We wish him, and Team GB, all the best in Thailand.”

William will continue training with his coach and two other sailors every weekend before flying out to Thailand for the Optimist World Championships which start on July 5.

 

For more information: www.yuasa.co.uk