Webster keen to get his GP3 campaign up and running

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Josh Webster hopes his mechanical gremlins are behind him as he prepares for the second round of the GP3 Series.

The teenage race ace, from Mickfield, near Stowmarket, had a disastrous opening round in Barcelona last month when a serious throttle issue rendered his car almost undriveable.

However, after impressing during testing in Hungary last week , the problems appear to be behind Webster as he goes in search of his first points in international competition.

“Testing showed we are among the top 12, so that was really positive,” said Webster, who would need to finish inside the top 10 in one of the two races at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Spain, this weekend to score points. “I want to be there or thereabouts for qualifying and then try to progress up the field.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully some points are on the cards for me this weekend.”

Webster was fourth in a wet-dry afternoon session on day two, despite setting his time on used tyres.

Aside from finishing that high up the order, Webster was also happy to prove he has the pace to compete after feeling he looked ‘like an idiot’ after the disastrous race weekend at Barcelona.

“The first lap of testing was so much better,” he said. “I could accelerate without the engine juddering.

“It was a really positive test and everyone is in high spirits.”

GP3 — which is just two steps away from Formula One — heads to Silverstone over the last weekend in June to form part of the undercard for the British Grand Prix.