STOWMARKET speedster Josh Webster has vowed to put everything on the line in search of the BARC Formula Renault Championship.
The teenager suffered a huge dent to his title charge last time out, at the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, when he became the innocent victim of a first-corner collision between team-mates Archie Hamilton and Kieran Vernon.
And when he was beaten to the first corner by Dino Zamparelli in the second race of July’s double-header, his championship lead was lost to the Antel Motorsport driver.
However, Webster trails the British-Italian driver by just one point ahead of another double round at Thruxton tomorrow and he is determined to score two wins to put himself in charge ahead of the final two races at Silverstone in October.
“I’d like to come away from Thruxton leading the championship, but would like to do so by winning two races,” he said, “The main aim is to finish in front of Dino twice to give me an advantage with the points.
“What will be will be and if I have another crash and my championship is over then so be it, but I will continue to go after race wins from there.”
Webster is looking forward to the high-speed challenges of Thruxton, and expects there to be plenty of overtaking at the Hampshire circuit.
“I’m looking forward to a good battle,” Webster added. “We will be relatively close on pace and every lap round there the lead could change because you are constantly in the slipstream at 145mph.
“Even if you are the best racing driver in the world, you can not make up enough time in the corners because everyone behind you will be straight in the slipstream down the straights and closing up again.
“I would probably rather be second going into the last lap because you have a good chance of getting past.”
Provisional standings: Dino Zamparelli (Antel) 175pts, Josh Webster (Fortec) 174pts, James Thorp (MTech Lite) 169pts, Kourosh Khani (Scorpio) 152pts, Archie Hamilton (Fortec) 150pts, Kieran Vernon (Fortec) 149pts.
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.
He 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.