The 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season got off to an auspicious start for Sildesports driver Ross Wylie when contact in the first corner ruled him out of the rest of the weekend’s racing. Until that point, the first race weekend in the championship for the team had shown promise.
Scotsman Ross tested the car for the first time at the championship’s media day held at Silverstone just over two weeks before the start of the season. Team-mate David Fairbrother had even less time in the car, although he has previous experience racing Porsche Cup cars having won the 2015 GT Cup championship in a 997 model.
Both drivers showed steady progress throughout the weekend, from the first free practice onwards. In qualifying Ross was able to set a time quick enough to secure a mid-grid position for the first race, with David going fifth fastest in the ProAm2 group.
Disaster would strike at the first corner of the first race however when Ross was tipped into a spin. His car ricocheted off two other cars with extensive damaged being cause. The result was instant retirement, forcing the team to withdraw his car from race two. In contrast, David was able to put in two good performances to take a brace of fifth place class finishes to open his championship account.
“Brands was about finding our feet,” said 26-year old Wylie. “We just had to get on with it and learn as much as we could about racing in a new championship. Every time we go out on track there is something new that we pick up and add to the knowledge base. Given that, our qualifying performance was what we expected, but we were hoping to get a little further than turn one in the races.”
“It was probably one of the worst starts you can have to a new season. It happens in motorsport though and it’s all about how you pick yourself up. We’ll come back stronger at Donington Park.”
It was a good start to the season for me,” added David. “You don’t win the championship in the first race so points are very important. Two fifth places in the ProAm2 class is a good base from which we can build. You just have to look at what happened to Ross getting hit out in race one to see how unpredictable motorsport can be.”
“We are learning and I’ll be honest I was hoping to have a quiet weekend so we can get to know the car and the championship. I was aiming to just finish the races and see where we are. We accomplished that and we’ve had two points finishes and a fastest lap in race two, so from that point of view I’m happy.”
Posted on 3rd April 2017
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