Suffolk’s Josh Webster moves into top spot in 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB after superb double victory in Yorkshire
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Stowmarket’s Josh Webster moved into pole position in the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a double victory in rounds eight and nine of the championship at Croft, North Yorkshire.
A famous double sees the Redline Racing star climb nine points ahead of Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) in the overall standings, a result and position that, for the first time, marks a Carrera Cup Scholarship driver leading the overall title race.
It is quite an achievement for the 20-year-old who held off the challenge of Meadows in dramatic style in round nine as the defending champion chased Webster right to the flag.
In front of the biggest BTCC crowd at Croft for more than a decade, Webster swept into the lead from the rolling start before continuing to pull away from the rest of the field early on as closest rival Meadows worked to find a way past third-placed Paul Rees (In2 Racing).
After eventually doing so, Meadows quickly closed the gap down on Webster but the talented Suffolk youngster impressively held on to score a huge win that leaves a telling impression on the overall scoreboard.
Speaking after the race, a delighted Webster said: “That was a really good race.
“I just had to manage the tyres and Michael was doing everything he could to put me off.
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“I hit the tyre stack at turn two a couple of laps from the end and bent the steering, so that made it more difficult but I was very happy with the win as I had to really work hard for it.”
He continued: “It’s the first time a Porsche Scholar has been in the lead of the championship so I’m very happy with that achievement and feel really pleased to be leading at this stage. The championship fight is well and truly on!”
The next rounds of the competition are on the weekend of August 2/3 at Snetterton, Norfolk.
Before that though, Webster will contest in the British round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this weekend at Silverstone.
Alongside current Pro-Am1 leader Karl Leonard, Pro-Am1 contender Graeme Mundy, and Pro-Am2 front-runner Kelvin Fletcher, Webster will get the opportunity to race at the biggest event on the British motorsport calendar as he competes in front of more than 100,000 fans on Sunday morning.
Widely regarded as the most competitive single-make GT championships in the world, the 2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup reaches round four at Silverstone with Kuba Giermaziak (Poland) currently at the head of the points. Challenging for the title is former Carrera Cup racer Ben Barker, who finished runner-up in the 2012 Carrera Cup GB.
Webster will be competing for Redline Racing as normal in what is his first experience of contesting a Supercup race.
“I am very excited,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to being part of the grid for what is widely regarded as the most competitive single-make GT championship in the world.
“My car will be in the familiar purple and white livery and I’m very grateful to be supported for this race by Nine Group, Porsche Retail Group, Close Brothers Leasing, Admiral Solutions and Swissvax.”