Ross Wylie makes history with drive for iconic Brabham marque

Thornhill driver Ross Wylie has written himself into the history books of one of the world’s most famous motor racing names.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 3:54 pm
Ross Wylie (right) with co-driver Paul Bailey and Sir Jack Brabham’s youngest son, David, (Pic: Jaokeb Ebrey/Martyn Pass Public Relations)

Wylie and co-driver Paul Bailey scored the first-ever victory of a "customer" racing Brabham BT62 Competition sportscar when the duo placed first in the GTO category of its maiden GT Cup race at Snetterton.

The stunningly attractive green and gold sportscar, denoting driving legend Sir Jack Brabham’s historic Australian heritage, finished third overall in the 36-car field after 50 minutes, just 30 seconds behind the winning, more modified car.

The event marked the début of the SB Race Engineering prepared Brabham.

Wylie took over from Bailey on lap 14 and went on to set the outright fastest lap time, over one-second quicker than the next fastest car around the 2.97-mile Norfolk circuit.

Sir Jack Brabham's son David was among those on hand to see Wylie's exploits in the car bearing his later father's name.

Wylie said: “It’s a huge honour to have scored Brabham’s first-ever ‘customer’ racing victory in the world for the BT62.

"We arrived at Snetterton with very little testing mileage under our belts. With a new car there are always a few teething problems but we overcame those issues.

"I’ve been involved with the development of the Brabham since 2019 and so have seen first-hand how the car has evolved.

"It was a fun stint for me, chasing the cars down, which was ultimately rewarded with the class win and overall podium which the team dearly deserved. It was also lovely to have David present.”