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Wylie’s a Knockhill knockout!

FLYING Scotsman Ross Wylie has claimed his fourth Pro-Am class victory of the season and first at Knockhill last weekend

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By Zac Hannay
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Wylie’s a Knockhill knockout!
CLASS WIN . . . Ross Wylie earned his fourth Pro-Am class victory of the season at Knockhill

The Thornhill racing driver scored a commanding Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am class victory when the series made its annual visit to the Fife circuit, a result combined with fifth place in the second race, strengthening his second-place in the series.

Wylie was in magnificent form from the outset in the Glenturret Porsche 911 that also featured support from Glasgow-based Tunnock’s for the first time plus AL-2 Teknik UK, PyroDry and Carronbridge Sawmill, all three from Ross’s hometown of Thornhill.

He recorded a brilliant maiden Pro-Am class pole-position in qualifying, an impressive third row start on the 23-car grid – his best overall start position of the season. Ross followed that up with a comfortable, well-managed three-seconds class win, eighth overall, in the 32-lap race having previously achieved second (2017) and third (2020) placings in the one-make series at the Fife venue.

A heavy rain shower just prior to Race 2 prompted competitors to switch to “wet” treaded tyres with Ross leading his class until almost one-third distance. But his last-minute gamble to change the car’s set-up in anticipation it would continue raining and not dry, caused Wylie to drop back to an eventual fifth – less than two-seconds off scoring his sixth podium from 10 race starts this season.

Ross contests GT Cup races at Donington Park over September 16 and 17 prior to the next rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series at Silverstone the following weekend.

Wylie currently leads the GT Cup Championship outright by 38.5 points and heads the GTO class by a commanding 111.5pts.

Ross said: “It was great to finally record a Porsche win at Knockhill. I first raced at Knockhill in 2012, racing Minis, and became the Knockhill Young Saloon Car Driver of the Year having won a couple of races there – my last victories at Knockhill until this weekend.”

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