Scottish youngster aiming for points in two races at Oulton Park
Ross Wylie contests the opening two races in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday (21 Apr) aiming for point scoring finishes.
The 2.692-mile Oulton track hosts two one-hour races that will mark a number of “firsts” for the Dumfries youngster.
Twenty two-year-old Ross, from Thornhill, will be making his British GT championship debut, his first race in an Aston Martin and for Beechdean Motorsport.
Additionally it marks Ross’s first race in a rear-wheel-drive car, in a race of this duration and “sharing” a racecar for the first time in what is only his third full season of motor racing.
“I can’t wait for the season to begin,” confirmed Wylie who races with co-driver Jake Giddings in the GT4 class.
“Assuming we’re racing our competitors on a level playing field in terms of the ‘Balance of Performance’ in which the championship organisers ‘equalize’ the performance of the competing cars, top-three results are achievable.”
Wylie returns to Oulton Park having won his last race at the Cheshire circuit 12 months ago in only his second Volkswagen Racing Cup race.
Ross added: “I love racing at Oulton. The nature of the track is fantastic but you have to be very committed. With only 6ft ‘run off’ areas beside the track at some points on what is a pretty narrow track, it can be quite tight but that just adds to the excitement.”
Wylie has tested the GT4 Aston Martin Vantage on four occasions at Portimão, Oulton Park, Rockinghamand Donington Park since signing for Buckinghamshire-based Beechdean Motorsport in January.
Ross concluded: “Jake [Giddings] and I have clocked up around 500 miles in pre-season testing. It’s been productive and certainly another big learning curve but I am enjoying every minute.
“I didn’t know Jake before the start of the year but we have gelled well together and I’m looking forward to working with him. He is a quick driver and I’m sure we will keep each other on our toes.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone for there support particularly to my family and friends, and I aim to repay them by doing a good job.”