Colin Noble Jnr: the young Scottish motor racing driver following in the footsteps of the greats.
Clark, Stewart, Coulthard, Franchitti, Shedden, McNish, Di Resta; names that are recognised as some of Scotland’s greatest motor racing drivers.
Now a new, upcoming young Scottish driver is making a name for himself in the world of competitive motorsport, inspired to continued success by his illustrious predecessors. Midlothian based Colin Noble Jnr (20) is living up to his reputation as ‘the one to watch’.
Colin has been announced as part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Programme, and will be competing in Le Mans Prototypes in both the European Michelin Le Mans Cup which includes two races at the Le Mans 24hr event, and the equivalent British series, the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup. Both series use the same LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype) cars, with two drivers sharing in the 60 minute races. Each series has 6 race weekends, with two races at each.
In the UK Colin is sharing with British GT race winner Alasdair McCaig, while in Europe Colin will have 2016 Radical European Champion Tony Wells co-driving.
Colin raced for the Radical works team in the European Championships, winning races at Estoril (Portugal), Spa in Belgium and Paul Ricard (France) with several pole positions and fastest laps along the way.
In the UK, he successfully raced an ex Yvan Muller 2000 model works Vauxhall Vectra in 3 rounds of the popular Supertouring Championship, the highlight being two thrilling races at July’s Silverstone Classic, taking Pole Position, win and fastest lap impressing both spectators and paddock insiders alike.
These results led to an invitation from the United Autosports Team to test a Le Mans prototype for the first time at Estoril. Colin acquitted himself well, setting competitive times and gelling with the team.
This year saw Colin racing for the renowned MGR Motorsport team in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, which included venues such as Monza in Italy, Spa in Belgium and the Nurburgring in Germany.
Colin finished the season in 10th position out of 40 competitors in what is generally regarded as the most competitive single seater championship in Europe at this level, previously won by several current F1 drivers.
Last year (2014), his first with the MGR Motorsport racing team, Colin moved to single seater racing for the first time, for the Protyre Formula Renault Championship where he raced at well known UK circuits such as Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Silverstone, securing a top five finish with three podium positions building to a win at the final round, which was televised on ITV4.
In 2013, Colin competed in, and won, the inaugural Radical SR1 UK Cup (in which Sir Chris Hoy was also racing) chalking up seven wins over eight rounds with one second place and setting seven pole positions and seven fastest laps in the process.
Prior to this, and in common with some of the best known F1 drivers, Colin enjoyed four successful years in Karting, starting in 2008 at the tender age of 12 and winning a British Championship in 2009 aged just 13.
Out with actual racing, in 2015 Colin was also accepted into the prestigious Motor Sports Association (MSA) Academy which is a talent development pathway that equips the UK's most promising young drivers with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to maximise their performance.
Supported by his sponsors, Alex F Noble & Son, Atoll Investments, and Kay Building Contractors Limited, Colin has the quiet confidence, steely aptitude and breathtaking skills to make his way right to the top.