Driver profile – Ross Wylie

Written by Molly

 

25-year-old Ross is one of a batch of promising young Scottish drivers to be taking the GT racing paddock by storm. The Dumfries-born driver started his racing career in 2004, soon becoming a perennial karting frontrunner in the National Rotax Max Junior series, in which he finished third as well as numerous regional titles.

Having started his career relatively late for a racing driver he made up for lost time clinching the prestigious BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Junior Max Championship in 2008. That same year he was sixth in the MSA Kartmasters Grand Prix and a year later followed it with fifth overall in the series’ British Grand Prix. A move to senior karting soon came and fourth place in the Rotax Max Wintercup was one of the biggest highlights in 2010.

Ross’s first venture into car racing came in 2012 when he finished fifth overall in the Scottish Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup, taking two victories on the way. A year later he made the switch to the Volkswagen Cup and instantly impressed, grabbing a trio of wins to make him a serious championship contender in his rookie year for Slidesports. At the end of the year he was sixth in the championship and was equally successful in the competitive German Volkswagen Scirocco Cup, finishing a respectable ninth, taking a podium finish in his first year.

In 2014 Ross’s star really was in ascension as he moved into the British GT Championship with the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing. Three wins and six podium finishes meant instant title success for Wylie in the GT4 class, sharing the car with Jake Giddings. He also dipped into the world of open-wheel cars, racing in the 2014 Walter Hayes Trophy for Formula Ford cars.

For the following season Ross was selected to become a McLaren Junior and raced a factory-supported 650S GT3 car for the Von Ryan team. He was also selected to become part of the prestigious BRDC SuperStar programme designed to support the UK’s brightest motorsport talent.

A move back to Aston Martin machinery saw Ross join the Motorbase Performance team for a part campaign in 2016 before his move into the Porsche Carrera Cup for 2017.

STATS:

Race Number: 59

Races entered: 75

Wins: 9

Podiums: 17

Pole Positions: 5

Fastest Laps: 3

Race Win Percentage: 12%

 

RACING CAREER

2017
• Porsche Carrera Cup GB (Slidesports) 

2016
• British GT Championship (Motorbase Performance Aston Martin Vantage GT3)

2015
• 1st British GT Championship Silver Cup – 9 races, 6 overall top-10 placings (Von Ryan Racing McLaren 650S GT3)
• McLaren GT “Young Driver”
• BRDC “SuperStar”

2014
• 1st British GT4 Championship – 8 races, 6 podiums inc 3 wins, 2 pole-positions (Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage)
• BRDC “Rising Star”

2013
• 5th Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup (5 podiums inc 1 win, 1 pole – Junior Cup
• 6th Volkswagen UK Racing Cup (5 podiums inc 3 wins, 2 poles)
• Selected BRDC “Rising Star”

2012
• 5th Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup (6 podiums inc 2 wins, 2 poles, 4 fastest laps)
• Knockhill Young Saloon Car Driver of the Year
• SMRC Ecurie Ecosse Hub Cap Trophy

2011
• 1st Rotax Max Gold Cup
• 9th Euro Max Kart Challenge
• 10th Super One Rotax Max Championship

2010
• 1st Rotax Winter Cup (Pre-Final)
• 1st Rotax British Open Kart Championship
• 4th Rotax Winter Cup (Main Final)

2009
• 3rd Euro Max Kart Challenge (Final Round)

2008
• 1st Junior Rotax Max “British Stars of Tomorrow” Kart Championship
• 3rd Super One National Junior Max Kart Championship
• 1st Rotax Cup
• 1st West of Scotland Club Kart Championship

2007
• 1st Scottish Junior Rotax Max Kart Championship
• 1st West of Scotland Club Kart Championship
• 3rd Motors TV Karting Challenge

2006
• Scottish Junior Rotax Max Kart Championship

2005
• Scottish Junior Rotax Max Kart Championship

2004
• Mini Max Kart Championship


Posted on 26th June 2017

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