Ross achieves two top-seven placings in Porsche return
Ross Wylie posted excellent sixth and seventh positions in a one-off return to Porsche Carrera Cup GB action at Oulton Park last weekend (11-12 Jun) – the Scotsman’s first outings in the one-make series this year.
Ross competed for Toro Verde GT for the first time in his successful and varied career and started eighth overall on the grid. Race 1 was red-flagged after five laps following an incident with Ross placed seventh, Wylie classified sixth in the re-started 10-lap race.
Starting Race 2 from sixth on the grid, Ross took the chequered flag in seventh after 15-laps around the 2.23-mile Cheshire track. Wylie was compromised using older tyres compared to his rivals who enjoyed a grip advantage.
Ross Wylie (GB):
Age 30. Born & Lives Thornhill nr Dumfries, Scotland:
“A steady weekend, two solid results, and great to be back in the Porsche GB paddock. Started Race 1 from eighth on the grid, the qualifying times were very close, had a really good start and carried good momentum until it was red flagged after cars were going off in all directions.
“Sixth place returning to the series was a good result for me. Race 2 didn’t go to plan; I held my sixth place start position for a good part of the race but didn’t have the pace to move forward. It took too long to get temperature or pressure into the front tyres which ultimately cost me. I had a hefty lock-up causing me to run wide at the hairpin losing a position.
“The 992 is surprisingly quite different to the 991 Gen 2 car. Everything just feels a little bit more sophisticated; cockpit and controls are dissimilar. The handling characteristics are very different as well, being able to roll a lot more minimum speed into the corner as opposed to the ‘older’ Porsche.
“It actually feels closer to a GT3 car with a little more aero. Engine, gearbox and braking feel sharper but I got used to the car quickly having driven it for the first time a couple of days before the Oulton event for the first time.
“The team did a great job in welcoming me, we gelled and got on very well together. I felt really calm and relaxed with them. Jules Westwood, who heads up the team, did a fantastic job and I’d love to race with them again this season.”