Scholar Josh Webster hopes the successful defence of his Porsche Carrera Cup GB title will help him graduate back to international motorsport.
After Webster’s promising single-seater career ended with a disappointing spell in the GP3 Series in 2013, he received a scholarship to move to sports cars and compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for two years.
But having taken the one-make series by storm to win the championship in his debut campaign, the 20-year-old is eyeing his place back on the international stage with a permanent drive in the Porsche Supercup on Formula One’s undercard in 2016.
“I’m looking to get my name out into the international scene,” said Webster, who confirmed he will compete in at least the British Supercup race this year and possibly three or four others.
“If I can do well in the Supercup races I compete in this year, a full-time Supercup drive in 2016 would be my aim and hopefully I could challenge for the title in my first year. This time last year I never would have thought I would be champion — it’s amazing what can happen in a short amount of time.”
The Nine Group-backed youngster’s main aim though will be to hold on to his Carrera Cup GB crown, which he won in a thrilling battle against double reigning champion Michael Meadows — who returns this year — in 2014.
Competing in front of tens of thousands of fans on the undercard of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Meadows may have won 10 races to Webster’s five, but the Suffolk speedster’s greater consistency paid off as he finished on the podium in all but two of the 19 races and nine points clear in the championship.
However, that has not stopped Webster from moving across the paddock to former champions Team Parker Racing from his championship-winning Redline Racing outfit.
“They are really motivated to make sure I am in the best position possible to defend my title,” said the former European karting champion.
“Sometimes it’s nice to change teams and see what else is out there.”
The move will see Webster line up with an experienced and high-profile teammate in two-time BTCC race winner Stephen Jelley, who also has seven victories from a previous two-year stint in Carrera Cup GB.