Former British GT4 Champion Ross Wylie will move into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB in 2017, running with the SlideSports team.
Wylie has been a British GT regular since 2014, when he claimed the GT4 title for the Beechdean AMR team alongside Jake Giddings. The following season he stepped up to GT3 as an official McLaren Young Driver alongside Andrew Watson, but after a difficult season he returned to Aston Martin machinery in Motorbase Performance’s GT3 line-up, partnered with Phil Dyrburgh, last year.
“The deal only came about a couple of days ago, so it was all very last minute, I had in my head we were probably going to go back to British GT,” commented Wylie. “It has always been in the back of my head that I would love to enter Porsche Carrera Cup. The opportunity came about, it is SlideSports first time in the championship and I think it was just a change of scenery for both parties and I think it will do us good.”
“I did take a battering the past two years although I learnt a lot. The biggest problem I found was the lack of seat time, I did not get enough seat time in GT3 which for any sort of developing driver is crucial. Having said that I have got to be very thankful to British GT, I had a good couple of years and no doubt I will be back in the future.”
“I have no expectations for Carrera Cup GB at this stage, we are literally starting from scratch as a one car team so we are really just setting our foundation. We will keep chipping away at it and just keep our feet on the ground.”
Author’s Comment: “Ross Wylie, a former British GT4 champion, joining the Porsche Carrera Cup GB contingent for 2017 is stand-out news on its own. Another young gun, one with firm pedigree established in the battle grounds of one of the strongest domestic GT championships globally, adds to an already burgeoning Pro class for the season ahead. Yet it is SlideSports’ decision to move into Carrera Cup GB that carries the most fascination. Tom Sharp and his family run IDL Racing team were the dark horses of the 2015/2016 Carrera Cup GB campaign and have now moved their David vs Goliath act on to the world stage in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. If Wylie and SlideSports can work similar miracles against the mighty Redline Racing, established In2Racing and newsboys JTR, then expect to see them progress similarly in the coming years.”