Webster ready to relaunch his championship charge

FOLLOWING an eight-week break from racing, teenage speedster Josh Webster will return to action in the Formula Renault BARC Championship this weekend.

The 17-year-old from Stowmarket currently heads Fortec Motorsport team-mates Archie Hamilton and Kieran Vernon by 19 and 21 points respectively ahead of rounds seven and eight at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire.

At the halfway stage of the 12-round championship Webster, sponsored by Nine Telecom Group, has already amassed two wins, including on his debut at Oulton Park last time out.

He said: “It would be easy to start counting points and not drive 100 per cent by being a little bit too cautious, but although I’m leading the championship I’m still looking for race wins.

“I didn’t have high expectations coming into this season because I didn’t get a lot of testing done over the winter.

“But I had a lot of confidence given to me through winning the winter series, getting more race wins and fastest laps.

“There are a lot of very fast drivers this season and, if anything, there is more competition, so it’s a really nice surprise to get two race wins and be leading the championship.”

Webster was in Yorkshire practicing yesterday and will be hoping to improve on the third and fourth places he achieved last season at the technical Croft Circuit when racing gets under way on Sunday, following Saturday’s qualifying sessions..

“If you’ve been to the track before it’s a bit of a bonus because you have much more experience,” added Webster.

“Last year I still lacked a lot of experience, but since then I feel I have improved 10-fold in driving skill and mental strength.”

Provisional standings (after round six): 1 Josh Webster, 144 points; 2 Archie Hamilton, 125; 3 Kieran Vernon, 123.

Remaining rounds: Croft (7&8, Saturday and Sunday), Thruxton (9&10, September 3), Silverstone (11&12, October 15&16).

n Webster is offering a pair of generous motorsport fans the opportunity to join him in the garage for the final rounds at Silverstone in October.

The 17-year-old is supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) by raising money from guests, sponsors and contacts, as well as donating race days to the charity for auction, inviting children and their families from EACH to race days and personally supporting EACH open days and events.

Anyone who donates to EACH via his website – www.joshwebster.co.uk – will be entered into a draw to be his guests at Silverstone on October 15 and 16.

His racing that day is on the undercard of the British Touring Car Championship.