Cham­pi­onship goes to the wire

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

Ross Wylie took his fourth out­right race win in the Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day night.

The Thorn­hill driver and Witt Gam­ski took vic­tory in a two-hour race at Sil­ver­stone that ended in dark­ness.

Wylie qual­i­fied their Fer­rari 458 GT sec­ond, just 0.002 sec­onds off pole. Gam­ski started the race be­fore hand­ing over to Wylie with 70 min­utes re­main­ing.

The 26-year-old im­me­di­ately be­gan post­ing fastest laps as he forged his way to the front in the MJC Fur­longer-pre­pared car.

And he took vic­tory as their ri­val ran out of fuel, mean­ing the pair head to the sea­son fi­nale on the Brands Hatch Indy cir­cuit on Novem­ber 19 with a slen­der lead in the fight for the cham­pi­onship.

Wylie said: “It was good to get an­other win with Witt. The MJC Fur­longer team do a great job in terms of prepa­ra­tion and strat­egy.

“It was my first ever race that ended in dark­ness – it was a chal­lenge but I thor­oughly en­joyed it.

“I’ve raced in the Gulf 12 Hours pre­vi­ously but the track is lit by flood­lights, mak­ing it brighter than day­light, but for this race it was just the cars’ head­lights light­ing the track.

“I’d just missed out on pole due to yel­low flags mean­ing I had to slow but Witt did a good job in the open­ing stint of the race.

“The lead­ing Rad­i­cal sports-pro­to­type was de­layed by a tech­ni­cal is­sue and although I had to con­serve fuel to get us home to the che­quered flag, the team’s cal­cu­la­tions were bang on – mean­while the Rad­i­cal ran out of fuel.

“Un­for­tu­nately, only two other cars com­pete in our class which means we don’t get full points awarded.

“That’s a shame as we’re win­ning races out­right but those are the rules and so we have to ac­cept the sit­u­a­tion.

“In terms of Brands, we’ll head there and just hope for the best, we go there aim­ing to win the race and in terms of the cham­pi­onship, that’s out of our hands.”

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