Wylie hoping home advantage will speed him to Carrera Cup success
8th August 2017
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads north to Scotland for rounds 10 and 11 where Ross Wylie will be looking forward to support from his home crowd.. After the mid-season break, the championship held two exciting rounds at Snetterton, and the action should continue to pick up as the season nears its finale.
Built on the site of a former sheep farm, Knockhill was created by combining service roads with an old mineral railway line by then farmer Tom Kinnaird – a motorcycle enthusiast. The first bike race was held in 1974, with cars taking to the circuit a year later.
At just 1.3-miles, the circuit provides one of the shortest and most challenging laps of the season. The fastest 460bhp Porsches will lap in under 50 seconds – around 91 mph average – and with nine corners there is little respite for the drivers. Fans pack the banks around the track, with popular spots at The Chicane, where cars pop over the blind crest, and Taylor’s, a key overtaking opportunity at the end of the lap.
The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services branded 991 GT3 Cup cars of David Fairbrother and Ross Wylie will be looking to build on solid appearances last time out at Snetterton. Just 22 points back in the Rookie Championship, Ross will be keen to impress on home soil and close the gap ahead.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Ross. “I’ve not raced in Scotland since 2012 when I competed in the Mini Cooper Cup, so it will be nice to be back on home soil; I’ve got a lot of local support and fingers crossed we can put on a half decent show. I do like racing at Knockhill and it’s certainly quite technical. It gets a good following with the crowd and that is what the show is all about. I drove a Cup car around it at the end of 2012 before entering the Porsche Scholarship and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be challenging.”
David enjoyed a sensational weekend at Snetterton, taking his first group victory and followed it up with a second place in race two. The points boost puts him fifth in ProAm2, just 13 points off second place.
“I’ve never raced at Knockhill,” said David. “The last time I went there was in 2008, so it will be nice to go and have a look. It’s a little bit daunting, but it’s Ross’s home circuit so he’ll show me around and help me learn it. Our performance at Snetterton has put us back in the mix for the championship, so we’ve just got to collect some more points.”
David and Ross will be taking part in a championship group test at the circuit on Tuesday ahead of the race weekend. This will be followed by two, 45-minute free practice sessions on Friday 11th August at 11:20 and 15:25 with qualifying on Saturday 12th. The two races take place on Sunday with race one at 10:50 and race two being shown live on ITV4 at 16:15.back