The­mas­ter­sof wetweather

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - HARDROCK CHALLENGE -

Thorn­hill racer Ross Wylie pro­duced a wet-weather mas­ter­class at Sil­ver­stone last week­end and is now aim­ing to wrap up his fourth con­sec­u­tive Brit­car Dun­lop En­durance Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in­side two years at Brands Hatch next month.

Wylie, 27 and co-driver David Ma­son, scored their first out­right race vic­tory of the sea­son plus a sec­ond over­all, and first in class, in the lat­est two races staged in hor­ren­dously wet con­di­tions at Sil­ver­stone.

Wylie, who set the out­right fastest lap in both races, was in awe­some form in the dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions which lasted all day and made Sil­ver­stone’s 1.85-mile In­ter­na­tional cir­cuit a night­mare for the 30-car, multi-class field.

But Ross, who claimed the En­durance Cham­pi­onship out­right along with Class 1 En­durance hon­ours last year, now heads to Brands on Novem­ber 17-18 hav­ing ex­tended his Class 1 Sprint ti­tle lead and moved closer in the out­right Sprint points stand­ings courtesy of some out­stand­ing lap­pery.

“Gen­tle­man” driver Ma­son be­gan the first race from pole-po­si­tion and handed over the FFCorse Fer­rari 458 GT3 to Wylie in 27th when there was con­fu­sion as to whether the or­gan­is­ers were stop­ping the race due to the ad­verse con­di­tions.

But in­cred­i­bly, Wylie fought back to take sec­ond place at the che­quered flag in the 50 min­utes race, a mere 4.4 sec­onds be­hind the race win­ner. Race two was more straight­for­ward, Ross start­ing from pole and build­ing a near one-minute lead be­fore Ma­son took over and brought their Fer­rari home into vic­tory lane.

Wylie said: “I’m not think­ing too much about the cham­pi­onship per­mu­ta­tions.

“David and I will go to Brands aim­ing to do the best jobs we can, have a good time, and the ti­tles will sort them­selves out. It was great to fi­nally get an out­right vic­tory along with two class wins at Sil­ver­stone.

“We raced in tor­ren­tial rain all day which made life pretty chal­leng­ing. I’d not raced in the wet for a long time but it was great fun.

“There was con­fu­sion in race one when David was called in to the pits af­ter the or­gan­is­ers seem­ingly red-flagged it and that made it re­ally ex­cit­ing for me, tak­ing the car from 27th to sec­ond. An­other cou­ple of laps I’d have taken the lead and won.”

Vic­tory Thorn­hill racer Ross Wylie

Fast lane Ross Wylie in ac­tion at Sil­ver­stone. Pic­ture: Chris Valen­tine

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