Scotland’s “young gun” wins indoor charity kart race
Ross Wylie is already counting down the days to the maiden test for his new team next month.
Wylie learned from team principal Andrew Howard at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham last week that his first opportunity to drive for Beechdean Motorsport will be in Portugal over 20-21 February.
Wylie and co-driver Jake Gittings will spend two days testing at Portimão setting up their brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
“Andrew told Jake and myself about the test at the show and I’m so excited – I’m already counting the days,” confirmed the 22-year-old from Thornhill near Dumfries.
“2014 is going to be a very steep learning curve for me so clocking up pre-season mileage before the opening race on Easter Monday in April will be vital.”
Howard also revealed that it is “possible” Wylie could race a GT3 category Aston Martin in Blancpain Endurance Series races at Silverstone (May) and in the Spa 24 Hours (July).
Ross added: “It’s not definite but just to have that opportunity in the background at this stage is fantastic news.”
Meanwhile Wylie took the opportunity to turn back the clock and compete in the Autosport International Karting Challenge benefitting the Alzheimer’s Society during the show.
It was a successful return to his motorsport roots with Ross, a multiple Scottish kart champion, spearheading a four-driver team to win the event celebrating the life and achievements of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon who died in a racing incident in October 2011.
“It was a bit of fun and good to claim the win – let’s hope it was the first of many this year!” concluded Ross.
Editorial copyright free photograph caption: Ross Wylie beside last year’s British GT Championship winning GT3 class Aston Martin at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham.