DRIVEN, DETERMINED AND PASSIONATE
If motorsport Team Principal Bryce Wilson, a semi-retired professional racing driver with over 40 years of experience as a driver and test & development driver. With an impressive race history, from Scottish to World Cup Karting titles, Touring Cars, Sports Prototypes, GT's, Single Seaters and more.
Bryce has had an interest in driving and cars from the tender age of five. Although not old enough to compete, his passion was fuelled by driving an old kart in the family's back garden. By the age of 13 he started competing in junior karting and in his first season, achieved 12 wins, 3 second and 4 third places. In 1974 Bryce was selected for the 5 man British Team who finished third in the British Championship and first in the Scottish Championships. In 1975 he won the Junior World Cup and the Scottish Championship. Bryce won the British Green Man Championship and captained the 5 man British Team in 1976.
His talent was obvious in more ways than one. His name, of French origin meaning "The Fast one", Bryce was selected for the 5 man British Team again in 1977, but better things were to come. He was spotted by an Architect from Glasgow, Laurence Jacobsen, which led to his first test in a car. A successful test resulted in the purchases of a F2 car to be raced the following year.
Bryce's first race in a car was in 1978 at Croft in a B29 Chevron. He qualified pole, set the fastest lap and won the race. There was uproar in the motor racing world, the press labelling him "The Flying Scotsman". During this year Bryce competed in Formula Libra and Formula 3. He drove for Rodger Heavens in a Ralt RT1 in his first International event at Thruxton where he qualified 5th and finished 4th.
In 1979 Bryce drove for Dr. Erlich in the British F3 Championship in an Erlich F3 Car. The car was uncompetitive as a result of having the only non-ground effect chassis. He achieved 1 fourth place. He competed in various one off races in cars & karts and he was contracted as the test driver for Jacobsen. In 1982 he partnered Kurt Tim in the works Chevron Team, competing in the British Sports 2000 Championship. He achieved one win and 2 third places. In 1985 Bryce drove for Deavinsons in the National Kart Racing Championship. He won the Scottish Open Championship and finished fourth in the British Championship.
In 1987 he was contracted by TKM for the National & International Kart Racing Championship. He won two rounds of the British Championship, when the team withdrew.
During 1988 to 1995 Bryce ran his own Racing Team Wilson Motorsport. They prepared engines, designed and manufactured their own karts and ran many drivers including David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti and Peter Dumbreck. In 1993 Bryce and his team built their own Sprint Car for the British Oval Championship. They raced the same car the following year and won the Championship.
In 1997 Bryce was the Test Driver for Williams Touring cars. He also did various tests for Nissan Motorsport in a Nissan Touring Car. During this time he also competed in the Renault Spider UK Championship, achieving 9 race wins, 1 second place, 1 third place and 1 fourth Place, winning the Championship convincingly by 131 points.
Bryce acted as test driver in a Matrix works Sports Car for Simpson Engineering in 1998. During this year he also drove for Rotomotive in the British GT Championship with a privately entered Venturi in the GT1 Class. Among other things, Bryce did various testing for Nissan and Ray Mallock Ltd, testing for Michelin Tyres, British Touring Car Testing and Testing for Belgian Procar. During this time he also drove the last two rounds of the British National Championship to help secure the National Title for Nissan.
In 1999 Bryce was contracted as the Test/Reserve Driver for Nissan Motorsport Europe in the British Touring Car Championship. Bryce partnered Ally Mckever in a Radical Sports Car in 2000. They won both the Radical British and the European Championships.
In 2002 Bryce formed if motorsport. In 2003 if motorsport setup and run a Mini in the Mini Cooper Challenge. By the end of the 2003 season if motorsport had won it's first championship. if motorsport secured the Radical Sportscar dealership for Scotland in early 2004. During this time Bryce still did various testing for Nissan.
It was decided that to gain maximum exposure for if's expertise and the Radical marque, if motorsport would enter its own Radical SR3 Supersport in the Scottish Sports and Saloons Championship. By the end of the season if motorsport and its customers had their own class within the Scottish Sports and Saloons Championship with if motorsport's SR3 winning the Radical Class and Championship outright.
In 2006 if motorsport bought a Ligier JS49 and started competing in the VdeV Proto Endurance series. With their car fresh out of the box, they won their first race in their brand new car in challenging conditions at the 12 hour at Magny-Cours. Shortly after, if motorsport secured the UK dealership for Ligier and the team expanded it's fleet, in addition to running two privately owned Ligiers. In 2010, in addition to competing in Europe, the team also competed in the newly formed SPEED UK series and with five race wins, one second and one third place, the team secured the Championship title. They also finished on the podium in the VdeV Proto Championship at Dijon and Estoril in the same year.
In 2011 the team continued its dominance in both the VdeV Proto Endurance Series and the SPEED Euro Series, with 5 podium finishes in the SPEED Euro series and 8 podium finishes in the VdeV Proto Endurance series, including wins at Le Mans Bugatti, Dijon, Paul Ricard and Nogaro, securing the Championship title.
In early 2012, the team competed in the Gulf 12 hour race in Abu Dhabi and later that year, after much consideration, Bryce decided to sell the team's fleet of Ligiers and retire from motorsport to focus on this health. In 2013, he was back on the scene with Nissan, running a Nissan GTR in the GT Championship. Deciding he could not ignore a burning itch, Bryce and the team returned to Endurance Racing in 2016, this time with a privately owned Norma M20 FC in the VdeV Proto Endurance Series. The team will compete with the same car in the VdeV Proto Endurance Championship in 2017, with races in France, Spain and Portugal.