Mickfield motoring star Josh Webster is learning from the best as he makes his first foray into sports car racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
The 20-year-old, who lives in the village near Stowmarket, rose through the single-seater ranks to compete in last year’s GP3 Series on the Formula One (F1) undercard.
However, the frustrations endured during a difficult campaign with Status Grand Prix have given way to a new lease of life with Redline Racing and double reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Michael Meadows.
“Initially getting to grips with the car was difficult, but the last couple of days we’ve been pushing hard and putting in good times,” said Webster, reflecting on the completion of his testing schedule this week. “If we get a podium it would be a good result, but I always want to be on the top step, so I will be pushing as hard as I can for a win.
“I’m really enjoying the switch — the style of driving is totally different, but I’ve been learning as much as possible from my teammate Michael Meadows.”
The opportunity to move across to the one-make championship — which features 460bhp cars — came about through the championship’s scholarship programme, which has provided Webster with £80,000 towards a drive both this season and next.
He hopes to impress enough over the next two years to further his relationship with Porsche and make a living out of the sport he loves.
“Porsche do things well and do things right — it’s the right sort of time for me to make a move and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting back to winning ways,” said the former European karting champion, who begins his season this weekend.
Although the youngster is taking a step away from the road to F1, he is moving further into the limelight because the Porsche Carrera Cup GB forms part of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) undercard for nine of its 10 race weekends.
Tens of thousands turn up to watch the BTCC across the country, including at Snetterton in August, while ITV4 provides live coverage of races throughout the day, as well as extensive highlights packages of each series on the bill.
“I’ve been at the British Touring Car Championship for a round with BARC Formula Renault, but to be on it all the time will be awesome,” added Webster.
He hopes to one day compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and will get a taste of the world famous event when the Porsche Carrera Cup GB nips across the Channel for one round.