Podium glory eludes Fairbrother as Wylie has home race to forget

Written by Ellie

David Fairbrother narrowly missed out on the podium in a hotly contested ProAm2 battle in the latest Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain meeting at Knockhill in Scotland.

David and team-mate Ross Wylie took up the challenge of the tight and undulating Fife circuit, with local man Ross taking the fight to the top 10 in qualifying and gaining two spots in Round 10 to finish ninth overall in front of his home crowd.

“It’s great to see such a big crowd and fingers crossed we put on a good show for them all”, said Wylie. “It’s a great little track and a great place to come to. We had a decent first race; didn’t think we’d be spectacular but made progress and that’s the main thing for us right now.”

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Team-mate David Fairbrother’s first visit to Knockhill was one that he found challenging, but enjoyable, battling the frontrunners in the Pro-Am2 class. Qualifying fourth in class in tricky conditions, David fought to fifth place during the opening race of the weekend.

“It’s challenging in these cars around this track where you’re flat-out and then suddenly you’re fighting through the bumps and the twisty sections,” he said. “It helps to know the circuit to be competitive and that’s something I’m delighted to have done.”

David was in contention for a podium in the second race of the weekend, aired live on ITV4, narrowly missing out after a race-long chase of Iain Dockerill.

“Having not been here before, I think that if I’d have had another day, then I could have got a couple of my rivals. I enjoyed it and we got some more good points.”

The second race ended much more prematurely for Wylie, after contact with Jamie Orton as the lights went out to start the race pitched his car onto the grass. The Fuel Card Serivces/Pall-Ex-sponsored vehicle spun and was then unfortunately collected by the oncoming car of John McCullagh.

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“I had a good initial launch off the line, got alongside Jamie and then I was on the grass and that was that unfortunately”, he concluded.

On a learning weekend for the rookie squad at one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar, Slidesports team boss Mark Jenkins praised his team’s hard work. “It’s Porsche’s opportunity to show what we can do in Scotland, and it’s been an endurance as this is very demanding for cars as powerful as these. I’m proud of all the boys. We’ll go to Silverstone looking to fight back for sure.”

David, Ross and the Slidesports team will next head to the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, supporting the British Touring Car Championship once again at the National circuit over the weekend of 16/17 September.

Posted on 15th August 2017

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