Wylie aims for 'home rule' at Knockhillposted in OTHER26 | 08 | 2020

    SCOT ROSS WYLIE will make the short journey from his Dumfries & Galloway home to contest the latest rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at his “home” Knockhill track the weekend. (Related: Wylie storms through Porsche field)

    Wylie, who lives in Thornhill just 90-miles from the 1.27-mile track in Fife, starts the first of two 30-minute races lying sixth in the “Pro” standings. The Scot finished seventh and fifth in the latest races at Oulton Park last weekend in his MacConnal-Mason Gallery-supported Porsche 911 GT3.  

    “My first ever visit to Knockhill was in 2003, as a 12-year-old, to watch the late Steve Hislop race in British Superbikes, and then a few years later for a British Touring Car Championship event with my father,” 28-year-old Wylie explained.

    “I first drove at Knockhill in 2008. Having just won the British Junior Kart Championship, I successfully completed my ARDS (Association of Racing Driver Schools) test to get a licence to go car racing. (Related: Wylie bags class win on return)


    “My first race there was 2012 in the Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup, winning a couple of times, and also the Knockhill Young Saloon Car Driver of the Year. Most recently, it was three years ago in the Porsche Carrera Cup when I achieved a class podium.

    “Knockhill is a very technical circuit and is also a very short lap, which makes it even more challenging. Racing at your ‘home’ track always brings a little added pressure, but I’m very much looking forward to racing there. (Related: Wylie to contest Porsche Carrera Cup GB)

    “It’ll be very weird with no spectators present and not having all of my family and friends cheering me on there like in a ‘normal’ year. I’ll get the opportunity to reacclimatise myself to Knockhill for the first time since August 2017 in an official Porsche test day today.


    “It was a solid weekend for me at Oulton but not with the results I’d been hoping to achieve. It’s a case of finding a crucial tenth of a second, which is the difference between starting on row three and the front row.

    “Overtaking is very difficult and I made life even tougher for myself in Race 1 by stalling at the start but recovered to seventh at the chequered flag.


    “Race 2 was tricky as there had been heavy rain earlier, the track was drying, but wet weather tyres were still required. It was challenging for everyone and tyre management was required as the track dried with every lap but I managed fifth. It’s work in progress as we head to Knockhill.”

    Related: Wylie has a blast in McNish's Le Mans-winning Porsche

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    Jim McGill


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