Driver in the Spotlight: Dylan Thomas

If you’ve visited Wakefield Park, chances are you’ve seen the distinctive blue and yellow colours of Dylan Thomas’ CXC Racing Team in Formula Vee or NSW Production Touring Cars.

Although he may never have had professional racing aspirations, Dylan’s career has followed a logical, well-executed pathway, and as a result he has amassed a racing CV that would embarrass many professional competitors.

After participating in tarmac rally events aboard a Mitsubishi Evo in the early 2000s, Thomas decided he wanted to go circuit racing, and targeted the Bathurst 12 Hour (at that stage, a race for production cars) as an event on his bucket list. But to race at Bathurst, he needed a certain level of CAMS licence. Enter Formula Vee.

Starting in 2006, Dylan raced in the 1200cc class in 2006, ostensibly to obtain the necessary licence signatures to qualify for an upgrade. But Dylan soon discovered he enjoyed the category, was able to improve his driving and was having a lot of fun. The Vees would become a permanent fixture in Dylan’s motorsport calendar, and a series he remains heavily involved in to this day.

Dylan progressed to production cars, racing a variety of Mitsubishi Evos in state and national-level events, and scoring plenty of race victories. He also dabbled in the Mini Challenge one-make series and did some one-off events in V8 Utes and Aussie Racing Cars.

Having achieved success in Vees (Dylan won the NSW title in 2014), production cars and competed at the Bathurst 12 Hour, it would have been easy for Dylan to maintain his reputation as a very good state and modest national-level competitor, and we may never have realised how good he really was.

But Mick and Maria Ritter from Sonic Motor Racing Services had other ideas. When Porsche introduced the Pro-Am one-hour endurance format at Phillip Island, Sonic needed a skilled “Am” driver to partner their title contender, Nick Foster.

Due to his non-professional status, Dylan suddenly became a very attractive proposition, due to his proven results and reputation for being able to swap between completely different types of cars. Hence, the Ritters signed Dylan to team up with Foster.

And so it was that, at Phillip Island in 2015, we finally got to see a true representation of Dylan’s ability, and the sight of him managing a race-winning gap to Nick Percat at the end of the Sunday race will continue to be remembered as one of the best non-professional driver performances we’ve seen at the top level of Australian motorsport.

But even despite his stardom at a national level (which has also included race wins in the Toyota 86 Series), Dylan continues to support events at Wakefield Park, including the Vees, production cars and the Wakefield 300. Good on you Dylan!

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