Josh Webster will make his competitive debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship during November's six race 'Finals Series'. The Stowmarket-based racer will make the step up with new team Mark Burdett Motorsport.
Webster ended 2011 as the Vice-Champion in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship after three wins and sixth other podiums with Fortec Motorsport. The BRDC Rising Star is now facing a new challenge with the new generation Formula Renault machinery, which offers greater power, enhanced aerodynamics and paddle shift gear change. He will compete in four races around the Snetterton 300 circuit and two at Rockingham, both circuits he didn't compete on in BARC this year.
Webster is relishing the opportunity, commenting:“It's fantastic to have this chance to race in the Finals Series in a UK car, I'm really happy to be back out so soon after the end of the BARC season. This is a perfect opportunity to learn the new car and get as much experience as possible as we prepare for next year, the aim is to do the full UK championship in 2012 if we can raise the budget so this is all about getting ready for that.
“It's going to be a major learning curve for me, we've only had limited testing time in the car and I've never raced on the 300 Circuit before, but we'll be giving it our all as we always do. I'm pleased to be working with Mark Burdett and his team, they've had some good success in the main championship this year and I'm sure we'll develop a good relationship.”