Motorbase Performance will return for another crack at the British GT title in 2016 with a new-look driver pairing of Phil Dryburgh and Ross Wylie.
The Kent-based squad has been a regular championship contender since clinching the crown in 2012 and returns this season with a single Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 for an all-Scottish line-up comprising both youth and experience.
Dryburgh was a series regular in 2013 and ’14 but only contested British GT’s opening round with Motorbase 2015 at Oulton Park where he and Mat Jackson finished fourth overall.
Meanwhile, 2014 British GT4 champion Wylie made his GT3 debut last season as part of McLaren’s Silver-rated young driver programme. The 24-year-old moves back to Aston Martin machinery this year in a bid to improve upon a best finish of sixth following a frustrating campaign with the 650S.
“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,” said 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 the season ahead.”
Dryburgh meanwhile is excited by the prospect of returning to full-time racing.
“Ross and I have always talked about racing but never really about racing together before this year so, knowing the team as well as I do, it made perfect sense to come to Motorbase,” he said. “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.”
Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum added: “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 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 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.”
This year’s British GT Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on April 16/17.