Webster’s title hopes will now go down to last week shootout

RUNNER-UP: Josh Webster (right) next to championship rival Michael Meadows on the podium at Silverstone
RUNNER-UP: Josh Webster (right) next to championship rival Michael Meadows on the podium at Silverstone
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Josh Webster’s lead in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is now down to just four points after the penultimate race weekend at Silverstone.

The driver who is based at Mickfield, near Stowmarket, finished second and third in the two races held at the famous Northamptonshire circuit at the weekend, while his nearest title rival Michael Meadows triumphed in both of them.

The defending champion placed his Samsung UHD TV Racing car on pole position, with Webster (second) and Paul Rees completing the top three places of the grid.

Meadows secured the first race win of the weekend in round 16 of the championship, which cut Webster’s lead down to 10 points on Saturday.

After taking an early lead, the pole sitter saw off the challenge of the Suffolk driver to claim victory, while also recording the fastest lap to achieve maximum points.

Webster was in a determined mood after finishing second, with round 17 set to complete the race weekend the following day.

“I gave it my best shot,” said Webster. “I got close to Michael mid-race when the car was really good, but then the car changed completely.”

Round 17 started on Sunday with Webster’s re-jigged set-up car elbowed back into fourth place, but after teammate Victor Jimenez spun out, he returned into the podium positions.

Meadows won the battle over Rees to take the honours and complete a perfect weekend that left him now only four points behind championship leader Webster with two rounds to go, which take place at Brands Hatch on October 11 and 12.

“The car was good and our pace was good,” said Webster. “It was just unfortunate at the start and I got a knock.

“I was too far back to catch Rees at the end.”

Despite seeing his lead reduced, there was cause for celebration after Webster and Jimenez bagged the teams’ championship title for Redline Racing during the weekend.