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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

Wylie (l) and his new team-mate Dry­burgh

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