WYLIE IN TOP GEAR AGAIN

Racer is back in ac­tion af­ter lay-off

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GILLE­SPIE

Rac­ing driver Ross Wylie made a suc­cess­ful re­turn to ac­tion at the week­end.

The Thorn­hill speed­ster got two over­all podi­ums and a class win as the Dunlop En­durance Cham­pi­onship kicked off at Croft.

The coro­n­avirus pan­demic has seen Wylie out of ac­tion for nine months and forced him to change his plans for this year.

He had been due to share the Brab­ham BT62 of Paul Bai­ley but the pair kicked off the sea­son in Bai­ley’s 2019 ti­tle-win­ning SB Rac­ing En­gi­neer­ing Fer­rari 488.

Bai­ley be­gan the two 50-minute races with 28-year-old Wylie tak­ing over by half dis­tance.

De­spite only hav­ing raced once at Croft, nearly a decade ago, Wylie fin­ished sec­ond over­all and in class in the first race, tak­ing third over­all and win­ning his class in the sec­ond. He also set fastest laps both times.

Wylie said: “It was fan­tas­tic to ac­tu­ally get rac­ing again and Croft turned out to be a good week­end in get­ting my cham­pi­onship ti­tle as­sault un­der­way with a good points haul. My last race was Oc­to­ber last year but my pre­vi­ous Dunlop En­durance race was 13 months ago.

“Paul did a great job in both races to al­low me to ul­ti­mately record good re­sults for the team on my début with them. Croft is a fast, un­for­giv­ing track and one I’d only pre­vi­ously raced at once be­fore, a Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup race in which I fin­ished fifth which was my first year of car rac­ing com­ing out of karts.”

Wylie doesn’t have long to wait to get back be­hind the wheel. This week, he’ll be test­ing a Porsche 911 GT3 ahead of the Porsche Car­rera Cup GB sea­son with In2Rac­ing.

He added: “We’re mak­ing good progress with the Porsche in test­ing. Af­ter Don­ing­ton Park, I tested at Sil­ver­stone and had my driver-coach Ben Barker along. He fin­ished sec­ond in the 2012 Porsche Car­rera Cup GB and is cur­rently rac­ing a Porsche in the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship. He’s prov­ing to be a big help to me.”

Back on the track Wylie (in­set) was in ac­tion at the Dunlop En­durance Cham­pi­onship

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