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Ross Wylie - experiences a dream come true

Daily Record logoDaily Record 18/07/2018 Maggie Barry

SCOTS racer Ross Wylie has fulfilled a childhood dream by driving the actual Porsche 911 GT1-98 in which fellow Scot Allan McNish scored his first Le Mans 24 Hours win.

A hugely impressed Wylie was given the tremendous honour of taking the priceless car up the hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend by Porsche.

Ross, 26, from Thornhill , said: “I was aged around six when I watched, on television, Allan win his first Le Mans and the crazy thing is that I can still remember the final lap of the race and seeing him take the chequered flag. I still have a model of the car at home.

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“I’d dreamt about sitting in this iconic car but to actually drive it, and up the hill at the Festival in which Goodwood was celebrating the event’s silver jubilee on Porsche’s 70th birthday year, was totally crazy.

“My heart rate was definitely sky-high lining up on the start line but as I dropped the clutch and smoked the rear tyres off the line there was no better feeling. I definitely felt emotional simply with the passion I have for the car and the history it holds. I know how big a part this car had in Allan’s career and to experience a small part of that is something I will never forget.”

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The race victory in 1998 launched a hugely successful sportscar career for McNish, while the Dumfries driver’s success at the same time made a massive impression on the young Wylie, sowing the seed for a career in motorsport himself.

The Porsche GT1-98 was powered by a near 600bhp mid-mounted turbo-charged engine and was capable of speeds around 200mph on the famous Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

Ross is no stranger to the legendary German marque, having netted third place in the Porsche Carrera Cup

GB Rookie Championship and 10th overall.

He returns to Britcar Sprint Championship action at Donington Park on Saturday when he teams up with David Mason in their FF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3 car attempting to cut the 24-point deficit to the series leader.

Ross won the outright Britcar Endurance Championship last year.

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