WYLIE PLANNING TO BE A TOP-FIVE HIT AT BRANDS HATCH

Ross makes strong start to Porsche season in
unconventional circumstances.

Ross Wylie contests the latest rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch this weekend (8-9 Aug) aiming for top-five glory after making a strong, if unconventional, start to the season.

The Thornhill driver set the fifth fastest time in qualifying at Donington Park last weekend, less than half a second off pole-position, but his times were ultimately disallowed for a non-performance gaining technical infringement that forced Ross to start Sunday’s opening race from the back of the 20-car grid together with a 10secs time penalty.

But a brilliant display of clean, decisive overtaking in the 30mins race around the 1.98-mile Leicestershire track, saw Ross spectacularly slice through the field in his MacConnal-Mason Gallery supported Porsche 911 GT3.

The “Flying Scotsman” made up an incredible 11 places to finish seventh overall (sixth in class), setting the second fastest lap – quicker than the race winner’s best in the 23-lap event. Ross, who finished sixth in Race 2 at the wheel of his In2Racing 911, lies seventh in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB “Pro” standings. He contests rounds 3 and 4 on the Brands Hatch “Grand Prix” in Kent on Sunday (9 Aug).

Ross Wylie (GB):
Age 28. Born & Lives Thornhill nr Dumfries, Scotland:

“I’m really looking forward to racing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit after a solid, if very eventful, start to the season at Donington. I carried my good pre-season testing pace into practice then qualifying. I set the fifth quickest time, a tenth of a second faster would have put me on the front row, but unfortunately the mandatory tyre temperature/pressure sensors had not been fitted so my times were thrown out a few hours after the session.

“I wasn’t best happy with the error and guess took my anger into the first race which I had to start from the very back of the grid and with a further 10secs delay before I was allowed to begin. But I had fun coming through the field from 20th to an eventual seventh. I had hoped for a Safety Car period to bunch up the field but of course it never comes when you want it to!

“I set the second fastest race lap in Race 1 and so began Race 2 very hopeful from seventh on the grid. I lost a couple of positions at the start but ultimately finished sixth. The track had ‘rubbered’ in a lot after all of the day’s racing and along with a change in the track temperature, both had a detrimental effect on the balance of my car which was frustrating.

“I finished fifth in the two end-of-season Porsche races at Brands last October and my pace in testing on the shorter ‘Indy’ circuit there last month was very good. Qualifying in the top-four will be key as the field is so closely matched making overtaking, come the race, very difficult.”