Brabham Automotive and the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship are pleased to confirm their Brabham Automotive development driver and professional GT racer, Ross Wylie from Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway will partner reigning series champion, Paul Bailey and enter the 2020 season in his newly purchased Brabham BT62.
The announcement was made today Thiursday, January 9th 2020 at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England. Paul will partner with Brabham Automotive development driver and professional GT racer, Ross Wylie- himself a former Britcar and British GT4 champion – for a full season’s campaign in a newly manufactured Brabham BT62 Competition.
Ross spent much of 2019 working with David Brabham and the team to hone the BT62’s on-track performance. His wealth of experience in racing, and with the BT62 in particular, sees him incredibly well-placed to help Paul Bailey get up to speed quickly in his new car.
This will be the first customer-entered Brabham BT62 to compete anywhere in the world.
The BT62 was added to Britcar’s approved entry list for 2020 after its successful debut at BrandsHatch in November 2019. This race saw David Brabham and Will Powell achieve the BrabhamAutomotive’s maiden victory in the BT62 while running a restricted 60% throttle setting.
Paul Bailey’s Brabham BT62 will be delivered with a similar ECU that includes a mode to reducepower output in keeping with series requirements. Although regulated when running in Britcar events,the ECU mode can be adjusted back to full power for testing, or for racing in other series for which thecar is eligible around the world. This means that the full potential of the BT62’s 700bhp V8 naturally aspirated powertrain can be retained whilst providing incredible flexibility.
Paul Bailey and other aspiring owners will have the option to enter the car in a number of additionalglobal GT championships, with specific details to follow in the coming weeks.
Commenting on the milestone, Dan Marks, CEO of Brabham Automotive, said:
“We will be busy delivering track and road compliant BT62s to new owners throughout 2020, but the first BT62 Competition in customer hands is a key milestone for Brabham Automotive as an OEM, and a marker of the brand returning as a constructor of competitive racing cars that customers can run themselves. We anticipate a successful season for Paul and Ross and are confident the BT62’s performance will encourage others to look very seriously at purchasing a Brabham for racing, track use in a gentleman racing environment or for use on the road.”
David Brabham, Sporting Director of Brabham Automotive, said:
“Following the marque’s successful return to racing last year, it’s great that the Brabham BT62 will become a full-time fixture in the Britcar paddock for 2020. It’s personally very gratifying for me and the family to see a car bearing the Brabham name being raced by a customer for the first time in decades. This is another important step towards our road to Le Mans, we look forward to working with Paul and Ross through the driver development and customer racing programme where we will help them to get the best out of the BT62.”