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Wylie begins GT Cup title quest with double podium

ROSS Wylie made a successful return to the GT Cup Championship when he scored two GTO podiums in the opening rounds of the season

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By Zac Hannay
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Wylie begins GT Cup title quest with double podium
GREAT START . . . Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie came second place in both races at Donington Pic: Egghead Media

The 31-year-old from Thornhill along with the car owner Paul Bailey swept the Brabham BT62 Competition to second place in both 50 minute races at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The duo lie fourth overall and second in the GTO class standings respectively.

Wylie, who won the GTO title in 2021, set a searing pace in both races in an attempt to hunt down the class leader having taken over from Bailey. In Race one, Ross brought the gap down to 1.7s and on Race two, 1.6s having impressively set the outright fastest race lap, averaging over 115mph.

Wylie took over from Bailey with 22 minutes remaining in the opening race in fifth overall, second in class, following a 100s compulsory stop. The race was stopped after just one lap due to a car stranded on the track, Ross ultimately taking the GTO runner-up position in very murky and cold conditions on Saturday evening.

In Sunday’s pit-stop race, Bailey started seventh on the 24-car, multi-class grid and again did a good job, handing the Brabham over to Wylie with 20 minutes to run. He resumed eighth, second in class, beginning an epic drive in the 45-lap race in which he finished within touching distance of the class winner.

The next rounds of the series are staged at Brands Hatch later this month on April 29 and 30, Wylie and Bailey won at the corresponding event last year.

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