WYLIE IN TOP GEAR AGAIN
Racer is back in action after lay-off
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