Webster extends lead with cup double joy at Snetterton

WINNER: Josh Webster took both race victories in a memorable day at Snetterton on Sunday
WINNER: Josh Webster took both race victories in a memorable day at Snetterton on Sunday

Josh Webster extended his lead at the top of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB to 16 points after enjoying a perfect day at his home track of Snetterton.

A double-round win for the driver from Mickfield, near Stowmarket, saw him stretch his advantage at the top of the series by a further six points from title rival Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) after rounds 10 and 11 of 19.

The scholarship racer, who drives for Redline Racing, pipped Meadows to the flag in both races at the Norfolk circuit on Sunday, which were staged in the glare of national television coverage on the undercard of the 
British Touring Cars Championship.

But Webster, who earned pole on the grid for both, had two contrasting races, describing round 11 as one of his most challenging yet.

“That was one of my toughest races,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s not easy leading from the front, but the team did an incredible job and the car was fantastic.”

Webster got the jump at the rolling start in the day’s second race and took a lead he would carry to the flag.

However, he could never relax as two-time and reigning champion Meadows was always in his mirrors as the gap ran at around a second-and-a-half.

Early on, guest racer Richard Muscat (Redline Racing) stayed close to Meadows before dropping back in to secure third.

It came after a resounding victory for the Suffolk driver in the day’s earlier round, where a mighty start had laid the foundations for a superb win.

Webster leapt ahead off the line and took an immediate lead as Meadows slotted into second with Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing), Paul Rees (In2 Racing) and Muscat (Redline Racing) in hot pursuit.

While the series leader drove a faultless race to extend his margin, Meadows eased clear in second and Muscat battled ahead of Jimenez to claim third on his Carrera Cup debut.

“The start helped a lot,” he said, “it was the best start I’ve ever had.

“I have to give a massive thanks to the guys at Redline Racing, as the car was superb all race and we had good pace right to the finish.”

The next round takes drivers up to Knockhill in Scotland on August 23 and 24.

“I have never been to the circuit and I know that Michael has always had great results there, so I’m going to have to work very hard to learn the circuit and work with the team to get the best possible set up,” he said.