Ross & Matty combine to maintain top-six finishing record despite unfortunate team errors
Ross Wylie and Matthew Graham combined to post two top-six placings in two, one-hour races in the GT4S class of the British GT Championship at Snetterton yesterday (26 Jun).
Wylie, from Thornhill near Dumfries, along with Stanfordham-based Graham, raced their AL-2 Teknik UK/PyroDry supported Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport finishing fifth in both races at the flat but fast Norfolk venue.
Wylie started the opening race from fifth in class and held position before handing over to Graham at mid-distance. Matty lay fourth, less than a second behind the third-placed car with 20mins to run but moments later had to serve a stop-go penalty for a pit-stop infringement, Graham recovering brilliantly to be classified fifth at the chequered flag.
Graham was up to third after 10mins in Race 2, Ross taking over the Porsche with 25mins to run after a sluggish, time consuming pit-stop and was classified fifth at the chequered flag. Ross now lies fourth in the GT4 Silver Cup standings with Matty, who missed the opening two races, is seventh. Round seven of the series is staged at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (23-24 Jul), the only overseas race on the nine-race calendar.
Ross Wylie (GB)
Born & Lives: Thornhill nr Dumfries, Scotland.
“Two fifths but it could have been a whole lot better.
“We received a stop-go penalty in Race 1 and lost over 10secs in Race 2 – both caused by team mistakes at the compulsory pit-stops for driver changes.
“They were both completely avoidable errors which most likely cost Matty and I a win or second in the opening race and maybe a podium in Race 2 which makes the final results disappointing.”
Matty Graham (GB)
Born: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland
Lives: Stanfordham, Northumberland
“This weekend was a case of missed opportunities.
“Ross and I were fast especially considering we missed Friday’s testing due to the late arrival of a new engine that meant that we didn’t get many laps in.
“We were very much on the backfoot going into qualifying but despite this setback, we were really strong. However, silly mistakes by the team cost us a lot of time and ultimately deprived us of possibly a win and definitely podium finishes in both races.”