Ron Flockhart – 2 wins
Edinburgh-born Ron Flockhart enjoyed success in a variety of disciplines. He won numerous domestic events, including a British Hillclimb Championship round, in the ex-Raymond Mays ERA R4D and finished third in the 1956 Italian Grand Prix in a Connaught. He’s best known, however, for back-to-back Le Mans wins in an Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-type in 1956 and ’57. In that first year, co-driven by Glaswegian Ninian Sanderson, the ex-factory machine took a one-lap win over the works Aston Martin DB3S driven by no less than F1 aces Stirling Moss and Peter Collins. The following year, Flockhart was paired with 1955 winner Ivor Bueb. The duo defeated ’56 winner Sanderson and John Lawrence, who shared the sister Ecurie Ecosse Big Cat, by eight laps. Flockhart was also a keen airman, but lost his life, aged 38, practising for a record attempt in Australia at the controls of a Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation-built Mustang WW2 plane.
There are plenty of opportunities for further British success in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, throughout the four classes – LMP1, LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am.
Look out for Audi’s Oliver Jarvis and Toyota pair Anthony Davidson and Mike Conway in LMP1, all three bidding for a maiden outright Le Mans win. In the ‘baby prototype’ class, LMP2, several home-grown drivers have a good chance of class honours, as do the Best of British in the GT classes. The line-ups from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Ford all feature several top names from our sportscar-racing roster.