Monaco race beckoning for Webster as he aims for GP3

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The streets of Monaco beckon for Josh Webster in 2013, if he can finalise his budget to compete in GP3.

Webster, who is also in the running for the McLaren Autosport BRDC award on Sunday, wants to step up from the Formula Renault BARC Championship, where he has been runner-up for the past two seasons.

GP3 is on the Formula One (F1) undercard during its European season, meaning the race ace from Mickfield, near Stowmarket, would get to race at iconic circuits such as Monaco and Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.

“I’ve got two-thirds of the budget, I’m just trying to find the last little bit,” said the 18-year-old. “It’s a great opportunity for potential sponsors to get their logo on a car at a Formula One event.”

GP3, which features 400bhp single-seater cars, is just two steps from F1.

Despite being a relatively new series, it already has pedigree with Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas, the first two GP3 title winners in 2010 and 2011, handed F1 drives at Sauber and Williams respectively for 2013.

Meanwhile, Webster will find out on Sunday if he has clinched an award previously won by the likes of David Coulthard and 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button.

The McLaren Autosport BRDC award is one of the most highly-valued off-track prizes in motorsport, with the winner receiving £100,000 towards their career and getting to test a McLaren F1 car.

Webster had to undertake an interview at McLaren’s Woking headquarters as well as test F2, DTM and McLaren GT3 cars at Silverstone.

n Anyone interested in sponsoring Webster should visit www.joshwebster.co.uk