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19/09/2014 Champion Wylie looks to the future

The 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship saw Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings in the #407 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin GT4 Challenge take the GT4 Drivers’ Championship in their debut season.

                   

The pair headed into the final event knowing that their title rivals Devon Modell and Andrew Jarman of the #49 TF Sport Aston Martin GT4 Challenge had to win their race and hope for results to go their way to take the title from Beechdean’s pair.

 

In the end, there was little TF Sport could do, as Wylie and Giddings combined to take fifth at the flag, and clinch the title.

 

The impressive nature of the pair’s victory is surprising, considering it was the duo’s first season in GT racing, but Wylie’s character gives an insight into their success.

 

"For me, this isn't just a sport or hobby; it is a way of life,” said the Scot. “I?eat, sleep and breathe racing and, to be at the top of your game, that is the level of commitment which is required. My efforts, on and off the track, haven't gone unnoticed because, at the end of last year, I?was invited to join the British Racing Drivers Club as a Rising Star, but I?know I?have to keep setting myself higher standards."

 

His success has caught the eye of many, with Wlie’s transition into GT racing proving to be a smooth one.

 

"It has been a big learning curve and a completely different concept of racing, which has involved sharing a car with a team-mate rather than competing against him and taking part in longer endurance events," said Wylie. "Jake and I?have gelled well as a pair.”

 

Now the pair will head into 2015 as reigning champions, with Wylie quick to thank Beechdean and look to the future.

 

"I am on a great path with Beechdean Aston Martin Racing but, in order to continue my journey to the highest level, I?need to work hard on securing a sponsorship deal," said Wylie. "My parents could have had so much more from life but instead, have dedicated themselves to supporting my career, so, hopefully, I can gain enough backing to make my dream of competing in Le Mans come true.”