Wylie bags BritCar double podiumposted in OTHER16 | 04 | 2018

    SCOT ROSS WYLIE got his BritCar Sprint Series title quest off to a flying start with a double podium at the opening rounds at Rockingham. The 26-year-old from Thornhill near Dumfries finished second and third at the Northamptonshire, circuit.

    It was an impressive debut for reigning BritCar Endurance Champion Wylie, who was racing for the FFCorse team and sharing its Ferrari 458 GT3 with David Mason for the first time.

    “It was great to start the new season with a double podium for David and I,” Wylie said. “I really enjoyed working with the guys at FF Corse, an ultra-professional outfit and everyone gelled well.

    “The 458 GT3 was a real joy to drive as always, particularly in qualifying where you can just give it everything. We had a couple of small hick-ups in both of our pits-stops, which cost us some vital time, but that is something we can all work on moving forwards for the rest of the season.”

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    Wylie secured pole-position by over a second, and stormed off into the lead, handing the Ferrari over to amateur racer Mason with a healthy 25-seconds lead in the 50-minute race. But Mason was delayed rejoining the race when the London businessman had an issue selecting first gear and eventually finished second.

    Wylie began the 50-minute second race from the front row and quickly swept to the front of the field in the early stages, stretching his lead to more than a minute before pitting to Mason.

    Unfortunately, a small technical issue caused a 20-seconds delay at the pit-stop, but Mason nevertheless resumed still leading the Sprint category.

    But in the closing stages, Mason slipped to second and then cruelly dropped to third on the final lap of the race. The next races are staged at Silverstone on May 12.

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    Jim McGill

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