An extremely-frustrated Josh Webster was left to rue bad luck after finishing 19th on his Porsche Supercup debut.
The race, which formed part of the undercard for the Formula One (F1) British Grand Prix, was a tough one for the Suffolk speedster, whose steering was damaged when he took three or four hits from rivals in the early stages.
Even more frustrating for the race ace — who lives in Mickfield, near Debenham — was the fact he threatened to snatch an unlikely debut pole position during qualifying on Saturday.
“I was the first guy to take the flag and lost a lap basically,” said Webster, who twice set provisional pole during a qualifying session that started wet, but ended with the track rapidly drying. “On my last lap, I got traffic and had to overtake a couple of people — that lost me a couple of seconds and was still my best lap.
“I should have been top five and I started 17th, so that was it for me really.”
Starting from the midfield, Webster slipped down to 19th and took several whacks, which damaged his steering.
From there, despite getting past Karl Leonard, there was nothing he could do about the charging Kevin Estre — who qualified sixth, but endured a poor start before recovering to finish 12th — and ended up staring at the back of Bas Schothorst’s car for 12 laps of the 13-lap race.
“I had three or four whacks — these Supercup boys don’t hang around in terms of contact,” said Webster.
The 20-year-old decided to tackle the British round of the Supercup — which follows the F1 circuit all around Europe — after a storming start to his first season in sports cars.
He leads the Porsche Carrera Cup UK in his maiden campaign, ahead of Redline Racing teammate Michael Meadows, after a double win last time out at Croft.
And he insisted his belief had not been knocked by his difficult weekend racing with the international contingent in the Supercup.
“I know we are quick - confidence is still just as high,” said Webster. “I can still win comfortably in Carrera Cup GB, but I hate losing more than I like winning.”
Webster returns to Porsche Carrera Cup UK action for his home round on August 2 and 3 at Snetterton, in front of tens of thousands of people as part of the British Touring Cars Championship package.
“I’m really annoyed, but I’ve got to look forward to Snetterton and learn what I’ve learnt this week,” he added. “I hate using that saying because every time is a learning experience anyway, but it was a very expensive learning experience.”