Another two GTO class wins sees Ross extend category points advantage
Ross Wylie will head to the penultimate GT Cup Championship event of the season in September with an extended GTO class lead after the Dumfries & Galloway race ace claimed another two wins last weekend (29-30 Jul).
Thornhill’s Wylie, who won the GTO title in 2021, and co-driver Paul Bailey raced the latter’s Lamborghini Huracan at Silverstone. Bailey began Saturday’s 50-minute race around the 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit from ninth place on the 21-car grid and pitted after 25mins for their 105-seconds compulsory driver change stop from ninth overall and leading the GTO class. Wylie lay 16th with 20mins remaining but setting a searing pace, recorded an excellent seventh overall and class victory having also set the fastest GTO category race lap.
Sunday’s race was staged on a very wet track, the 50-minute race starting behind the Safety Car for the first 10mins due to the atrocious conditions, Bailey pitting the Lamborghini from seventh, first in GTO, with 19mins to run. Ross resumed 10th overall but a series of outright fastest race laps in the dire conditions saw Wylie slice his way through to eighth place overall and record a fourth GTO race victory from eight starts this year.
Wylie’s next race action will be on home soil when he contests the latest rounds of the Porsche Carrera GB Cup at Knockhill near Dunfermline over 12-14 August. He will test his Glenturret Porsche at Knockhill next week (9 Aug).
* Thanks to Egghead Media for the photographs
Ross Wylie (GB): Age 31. Born & Lives Thornhill nr Dumfries, Scotland:
“It was a good, fun weekend racing the Lamborghini with the icing on the cake, scoring maximum points in my quest to win the GTO title again.
“Saturday’s race was pretty straightforward but due to the awful weather conditions the following day, I had to work harder.
“Two GT Cup events remain, at Donington Park and Snetterton, but now I’m focussed back on my Porsche Carrera GB Cup programme.
“I have an official Porsche test in my Glenturret 911 at Donington this week in preparation for races there in late August then have a day’s testing at Knockhill next week. That allows the Redline Racing engineers to fine-tune the car to the unique characteristics of my local circuit.
“It also gives me an opportunity to reacquaint myself to Knockhill as although it’s my ‘home’ circuit, I’ve not raced there that often during my 20 year motorsport career – especially in recent years.”