Ross scores two top-seven placings at Silverstone
Ross Wylie made a solid return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB by scoring two top-seven placings at Silverstone (26 Sep). Ross posted seventh place in the day’s opening race and followed that up with sixth in Race 2.
Wylie set the fifth fastest time in official testing last Wednesday in his Bell Group Porsche – the first time the Scotsman had driven his Valluga Racing Carrera – and then claimed seventh place in qualifying.
In Race 1, Ross was thwarted in making progress when nine of the 17-lap race was run under Safety Car conditions, Wylie finishing seventh, less than three seconds behind the winner around the 1.64-mile “National” circuit. In the second race, Ross moved up a place to sixth on the 11th lap of the 28-lap race. Last weekend marked a return to the one-make series for Wylie in which he finished seventh in the 2020 series.
Wylie now focuses on the final rounds of the GT Cup at Snetterton this weekend (2-3 Oct). Ross and co-driver Paul Bailey lead the GTO category by 33-points after scoring five class wins – and eighth overall. Wylie and Bailey will drive the latter’s McLaren MP4-12C Can Am as at the previous Donington event.
Ross Wylie (GB):
Age 30. Born & Lives Thornhill nr Dumfries, Scotland:
“It was a sold weekend and I was quite happy with my performance. It was a pleasure working with the guys from Valluga Racing for the first time and having Bell Group as a partner.
“Qualifying was very close and I ended up seventh. Quali is very important in these cars because they are all so evenly matched. In terms of the races, it was difficult to make much progress, especially in the first race with it being interrupted by the Safety Car but was happy to move up a place in Race 2. Every ‘Pro’ driver on the grid is capable of winning – it’s so ultra-competitive.
“The first time I drove the car was in an official Porsche test at Silverstone on the Wednesday before the weekend. They are not an easy car to just jump straight back in to but I was up to speed relatively quickly.
“It’s now on to GT Cup this weekend. We’re racing the McLaren again so full focus on claiming the GTO title.”