Ross Wylie win British title for third time in four years

Thornhill ace Ross Wylie has claimed Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship class honours for a third time in the last four years.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 3:59 pm
Ross Wylie has claimed Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship class honours for a third time in the last four years. (Pic courtesy of Stephen Jackman (Eat My Pixels)]

The 29-year-old bagged the silverware courtesy of scoring two emphatic class wins in the final two races of the season at Snetterton on Sunday.

Wylie won the Britcar title outright in 2017 and only missed out on this year’s overall crown by a mere five points - and that was despite missing four of this year’s 10 races.

Wylie, partnered by Paul Bailey in a SB Race Engineering Ferrari 488 Challenge car, bagged third place on the grid – the quickest car in Class 2 – for the opening one-hour race at the 2.97-mile Norfolk venue.

He took chequered flag in fourth place overall, first in his class and having set the fastest lap in the Class 2 category bringing the Ferrari up from 11th place when he took over from co-driver Bailey.

In the later 60-minute race, Wylie swept into an overall podium placing on the final lap of the race, setting the outright fastest lap as he sliced his way through from 10th place in the second half of the race despite two unscheduled pit-stops in a thrilling recovery drive.

Reflecting on his success, he admitted: “It’s satisfying to win another Britcar championship title and finishing the series off in style with two wins to go with my four other podiums this season.

“It’s a long winter before racing resumes so it’s nice to look back on. Both races with Paul were enjoyable but I had to work hard in the last one when I had to make two additional pit-stops, one to secure a loose bonnet and the second to switch from wet tyres to slicks.

“Now my focus switches to making my BGT return next weekend at Silverstone.”

The day after his triumph Wylie was at Silverstone driving a Brabham BT62 sportscar in preparation for is return to the British GT Championship after a four-year absence this weekend when he contests this year’s final round at Silverstone.

Wylie, a former champion, shares a GTC-spec Ferrari 488 Challenge car with Lucky Khera and Lee Frost in the three-hour race.