Josh Webster has announced his widely expected graduation to the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship for 2012 with race-winning outfit Mark Burdett Motorsport.
The teenager, who is part of the MSA’s Team UK scheme, finished second in the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, with three wins to his name. He went on to make his UK debut in the end of season Formula Renault UK Finals Series, beating many more experienced drivers on his way to third overall in the standings.
Stowmarket-based Webster said: “We've been working so hard to try and put together a deal to race in Formula Renault UK this year so I'm happy we've been able to agree something with Mark Burdett. The team did a great job for me in the Finals Series last year and together we showed we've got what it takes to run at the front in Formula Renault UK.
“I have to say a big thank you to all of my sponsors, especially James Palmer of Nine Telecom, Graham McMullen and David Marsden of Admiral Managed Networks and Pas Ruggiero of Integra ICT, for continuing to support me and helping us to finalise a great drive for 2012. This is going to be such an important year for my career, particularly as I'll be representing Team UK and the MSA, so I'll be giving it everything.”
Mark Burdett added: “We were very impressed with Josh in the Finals Series last year, he did a very good job and the top priority for us this season was to try and sort out a deal with him. We're delighted he's with us, we've all got a great working relationship with Josh and the aim is to try and fight for the championship – that's why we're here!”