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Motorbase Performance has signed Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh for its single-car British GT challenge this year.
Scotsman Wylie, 24, joins Motorbase’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 crew having spent last season racing a Von Ryan Racing Mclaren 650S GT3 alongside Andrew Watson. The pair finished 15th overall in the points after a difficult season, and took second place in the Silver Cup standings for semi-pro drivers.
Dryburgh has raced sporadically in British GT since 2010, with all of his outings coming in a Vantage GT3 in recent years.
Motorbase lifted the British GT drivers’ title in 2012 with Michael Caine/daniele Perfetti and claimed the teams’ title in 2014.
“I’m excited about joining Motorbase and going back to Aston Martin,” said Wylie, who won the GT4 division title racing a Vantage in 2014.
“Last year was difficult for me as there was a lot of expectation and pressure racing with Mclaren. I learnt a lot from the Mclaren Young Driver Programme about how to work with a manufacturer and what’s expected of you, but I couldn’t say no to this deal.
“Last year wasn’t helped by us carrying 80kg of extra ballast [due to Wylie and Watson both being silver-rated drivers]. That made it hard to show your true pace and led to some overdriving.
“The Vantage is a great car. Being frontengined, it has great frontal grip so you can