Young Scotsman aims to build on title assault foundations at the “Rock”

Fitness fanatic Ross Wylie believes he will take driving in the longest motor race in his short career in his stride on Bank Holiday Monday (5 May).

The Dumfriesshire youngster and co-driver Jake Giddings lie second in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship after claiming a win and fourth place in the opening two one-hour races over Easter and both are keen to reinforce their title aspirations at Rockingham.

Wylie and Giddings share their Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage around the 1.94-mile Rockingham “International Long Circuit”.

“My aim for Rockingham has to be to score more points, it’s vital to keep the momentum going forward from Oulton and record another good result,” said Wylie.

“The objective of Jake and I isn’t necessarily to strive to win every race by taking undue risks but to consistently score solid points. We’re in this for the long game which is to win the championship title.”

Wylie raced at the “Rock” last year for the first time, finishing seventh and 11th in two 20mins races. This time around, Wylie could be behind the wheel for an hour.

He added: “Fitness levels are very important in this style of racing. It can get very hot inside the car and that can affect concentration. This will the longest car race of my career to date and so I’m hoping my daily training routines will pay off.”

One of the newest circuit developments in Britain, Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby in Northamptonshire was completed in 2001 and contains a number of possible track configurations, including the NASCAR style ‘oval’ which the BGT race will use before going onto the infield to face a challenging sequence of tight hairpins and fast sweeping bends.

“While I’m really looking forward to getting back into the car, Rockingham is probably my least favorite circuit’” confessed Ross. “I’m nevertheless looking forward to the challenge the unique layout makes on car and driver.

“The circuit runs anti clockwise and partly on the oval circuit. Turn One is pretty nerve-racking running so close to the wall but driving on a knife-edge is exciting.”


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