Ross Wylie has lived up to his “rising star” status after being selected by the British Racing Drivers’ Club emerging talent programme of the same name.
The Thornhill youngster who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Sunday (15 Sep) has been enrolled in to the BRDC Rising Star initiative that has a proven track record of selecting only the best young drivers who are aiming for a professional career within the sport.
Wylie lies fifth in the German-based Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup “Junior” category and sixth in the UK-based APR Volkswagen Racing Cup in only his second season of car circuit racing.
Ross has recorded four and five top-six finishes in the German and UK series respectively including two wins in Britain.
Having been “scouted” by a member of the “Rising Stars” panel, Wylie was invited to Silverstone last week for a meeting and subsequently invited to become a Rising Star. Providing his career continues with upward momentum, Wylie can stay on the scheme for two years.
Wylie commented: “The renowned BRDC Club must have been monitoring my race performances this year and has duly recognised me as one of the most promising up and coming talents of my generation.
“I am honoured to be selected and it means so much to me to be apart of such a famous club – one that helped to put ex-Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton on track to success.”
Ross contests the latest two rounds of the Scirocco R-Cup at The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben next weekend (15 Sep).
He remarks: “I’m looking forward to going back there. It’s the first time on the calendar where I have driven on the circuit before. I first drove there at the selection process last November then at two-day pre-season test five months ago.
“It certainly won’t be easy but I want to continue my momentum from the Nürburgring and hopefully make another step forward.”
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