Smooth preparation for Josh’s Rockingham test

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STOWMARKET race ace Josh Webster hopes a smoother run up to this weekend’s rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will provide more success.

The rising star recorded a win and two second-place finishes during the first three rounds at Snetterton, despite having a matter of days to prepare after a late move into the championship following the shelving of the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship series.

An expanded grid is expected for rounds four and five at Rockingham this weekend, but Webster hopes to increase his lead over the chasing pack.

The MGR Motorsport driver, who holds the Rockingham lap record, said: “Everything was so rushed for Snetterton, it was touch and go whether we’d be on the grid at all and the MGR guys had to get the car built in just a couple of days so it was pretty manic.

“To achieve what we did, with no testing and only a base set-up, was fantastic and all credit to the hard work of the team.

“We’re all really looking forward to Rockingham now and feeling pretty confident.

“Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and, now we’ve had a chance to properly work on the car, show what we’re really capable of and try and increase the championship lead.”

In the same boat as Webster with regard to having had no pre-season preparation was two-time McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Scott Malvern (Barkingside, Ilford).

His star quality was clear to see though, overcoming several mechanical glitches to take an excellent first win on his series debut and third in the points standings for the Cliff Dempsey Racing with Cullen Motorsport squad.

2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings (after Rd3): 1 Josh Webster 88pts; 2 Seb Morris 74pts; 3 Scott Malvern 70pts; 4 David Wagner 68pts; 5 Macaulay Walsh 63pts; 6 Jake Dalton 47pts.