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Kent based Motorbase Performance have crossed the length of the UK n the search for 2016 drivers and today announced Scottish duo Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh will pilot the team’s #8 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in the 2106 British GT Championship.
Wylie and Dryburgh are no strangers to the British GT squad, with the former taking GT4 Champion honours back in 2014. Dryburgh returns to the Motorbase line-up after a one-off appearance with the team during last season’s Oulton Park season opener.
Speaking earlier, Team Principal David Bartrum said; “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 (Aston Martin Racing 2016 WEC driver) 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 Kent squad won the Championship title in 2012 and now entering its third year with the Aston Martin Vantage, Bartrum is hopeful that experience and consistency will prove to be a winning combination for the squad’s new driver pairing.
“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.” commented Wylie. “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 season ahead.”
Fife-based Drybugh added; “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 and the team will deliver.”
Bartrum continued; “Every year since we’ve had the Aston we’ve been in the fight for the Championship and it feels like we have unfinished business. If we can get ourselves into that position again this year it will be a great achievement.
“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.”
Motorbase Performance’s pre-season testing programme gets underway later this week with the GT and BTCC squad’s heading to Portimao, Portugal.