Wylie and Dryburgh team up at Motorbase Performance

by Joe Hudson

Former McLaren young driver Ross Wylie and former series regular Phil Dryburgh will join forces in a Motorbase Performance Aston Martin Vantage in a re-shaped British GT Championship campaign.

The all-Scottish team has experience in GT3 racing with Dryburgh racing a GT3 Aston Martin Vantage for a number of teams – most notably PGF-Kinfaun where he was teammates with Prodrive Managing Director John Gaw for a number of seasons. Wylie also has talent in bucketfuls, having won the GT4 title in 2014 he was signed up by McLaren to drive a 650S for VonRyan Racing where the car failed to live up to the pace it showed elsewhere in the world.

Now though, he is looking forward to joining Motorbase: “I won the GT4 Championship in an Aston back in 2014 and I’ve known Phil for a long time so to be able to join him in a Pro-Am line up this year is very exciting for me. Motorbase has a great heritage in British GT and it’s a great opportunity to come and race with them.

“British GT seems to be getting tougher and tougher each year. It’s the place to be at the moment for an aspiring young driver and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.”

Dryburgh, who competed in the first round of 2015 in a Motorbase run Aston alongside Mat Jackson, is also looking forward to the season – especially because he’ll once again be racing full-time.

He said: “Ross and I have always talked about racing but never really about racing together before this year so, knowing the team as well as I do, it made perfect sense to come to Motorbase,” he said. “It’s entirely important to me that I enjoy my racing as well as having a fantastic car and I know that’s what David [Bartrum] and the team will deliver.”

Motorbase team boss David Bartrum is looking forward to the season, stating they are not there to make up the numbers: “I’m very excited about our 2016 driver line-up in British GT. Phil Dryburgh is someone that we’ve known for a very long time; his association with Motorbase goes all the way back to when Jonny Adam first raced with us.

“Ross is a fantastic young talent who is just starting out on his journey and has all the potential to be the next Scottish star and that’s the aim of the team this year, to help him achieve that.

“The grid is full of fantastic competition this year and we’re very much looking forward to going racing but we’re not here just to make up the numbers. I genuinely feel that we have a driver pairing that can take us all the way again in 2016.”

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