Ross Wylie moved up one place to second in the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup after posting first and second places in the latest rounds of the series at Snetterton in Norfolk today (Sun 16 Jun).
The Thornhill youngster aptly dedicated his best twin result of the season to date to his father, Brian, on Father’s Day.
“Both of my parents have sacrificed so much to allow me to go karting throughout Europe, then Mini racing and now racing VWs in the UK and Germany,” confirmed Ross.
“They’ve both encouraged and supported me but obviously it has been my Dad who has steered me in the right and proper direction in terms of my racing career and so it only right I dedicate these latest results to him.”
Wylie, who had only driven on the 2.97-mile Norfolk track for the first time the previous week, claimed his maiden series pole-position by mastering the tricky, wet but drying circuit to net the fastest time by a staggering 0.520secs.
Ross led the opening 10-lap race throughout until his SlideSports Volkswagen Scirocco stuttered just two corners from the chequered flag allowing Phillip House, the former VW and Clio Champion, to nip ahead by 4.821secs.
But starting fifth on the grid for race two, Wylie went on to record his second series race win of the season.
Ross continued: “It was almost a perfect weekend – pole, a win and a second! Qualifying had been difficult due to changeable weather conditions and in race one I was holding the gap to House before disaster struck!
“My VW had 6-litres fuel remaining causing it to surge and kill the engine – my worst nightmare.
“But then in race two, I moved up from fifth to second by the first corner and then enjoyed an awesome switch back move into the lead at Turn One on the second lap.
“I lost the lead four laps later but kept the pressure on the leader forcing him into a spin before controlling the race to the chequered flag.”
Wylie, who played his double points “Joke” card, now lies second 18-points behind series leader Aaron Mason.
The next British VW championship race is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (13 July), the same weekend as the next rounds of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the Norisring in Germany in which Wylie lies fifth in the Junior class. (ends)
* Editorial Copyright Photographs from Snetterton