Webster hails drive as his ‘best ever’ after maiden win in series

MAIDEN WIN: Josh Webster celebrates his first ever win in sports cars at Donington Park on Sunday
MAIDEN WIN: Josh Webster celebrates his first ever win in sports cars at Donington Park on Sunday
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Josh Webster hailed his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup GB win as the best race he had ever driven after triumphing at Donington Park on Sunday.

The race ace from Mickfield, near Stowmarket, made a brave decision to change to wet tyres and then swept back through the field to win the fourth round of the one-make by a massive margin.

With pit stops taking much longer than they do in Formula One — Webster was stationary for in the region of 30 seconds — the leader could have thrown away the victory when he stopped with seven laps to go, but was up to 10 seconds a lap quicker than anyone else when he rejoined and stormed to the front with two laps to go.

Commenting on social media site Twitter, Webster said: “Had to be the best race I’ve ever driven today.

“Thank you so much for all of your Tweets! This win means so much to me!”

Webster finished third in round three on Saturday — behind teammate Michael Meadows and Karl Leonard — after running wide when attacking Leonard for second before fighting his way back through the field.

However, he showed his wet weather skills on Sunday to take the lead of round four early on after Meadows touched the car of Leonard and spun into the gravel.

Leading after 16 laps, Webster felt he needed to pit to stand any chance of winning and it proved to be the smart decision as the rain increased and he stormed to the front past Victor Jimenez with two laps remaining.

The Nine Group-back Redline Racing driver said: “When I was in the pits getting the wets put on I really thought I’d messed it up.

“I could see cars flying past and we had a problem with the wheel gun on the rear right.

“But after the first lap on wets I could see how fast I was closing them down. I was hoping they’d not red flag the race and it worked out.”

n Former County Upper School pupil Matt Parry begins his bid for a third consecutive title in Alcaniz, Spain, where the opening rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup take place this weekend.

Parry, who is on the Caterham Formula One team’s driver development programme, is the reigning Formula Renault Northern European Cup champion.