Webster ‘Staying Positive’ After Donington Woes

Josh Webster saw his title aspirations dealt a massive blow after mechanical problems at Donington Park lost him crucial ground in the race for the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title.

Webster had secured his fourth consecutive win during the first race of the weekend, but engine problems went on to hamper his progress in the next two races.

Saturday’s opening race couldn’t have gone any better for Webster, the MSA Team UK driver leading championship rival Scott Malvern from lights to flag to take his fifth win of the season.

On Sunday though, as Malvern scored a win and another second place, Webster was restricted to fourth and sixth place finishes after suffering performance issues.

A rapidly expired fuel pump was believed to be the cause of the problem in race two and was swiftly changed for the final race, but it soon became apparent in race three that Josh was still suffering problems.

The results leave the Nine Group, Admiral Solutions & Support and Integra ICT-supported racer 14 points adrift of Malvern on dropped scores heading in to the final rounds of the year at Silverstone in October.

 “We weren’t expecting the problem to be engine related, we thought it was just the fuel pick-up issue”, explained Josh, “Obviously, the weekend overall hasn’t gone to plan and in the last race it was like I was driving a 1.6 and everyone else was in a two-litre. On every straight I was getting passed left, right and centre, we were losing a good 10 or 15 km/h.

“The weekend started really well, we looked set to be top three in every race and winning the first one got things going in the right direction, I was really happy with our performance in that one. It’s not good for the championship we’ve had two less strong results but we need to stay positive and come back fighting at Silverstone where anything can happen.”

  • Ray

    Hmm……….interesting these engine woes of yours Josh. Just looking at your lap chart for race 3, available
    on the Live Timing website, which is the race that you claim that you were down
    on engine power. All I can say is that you must be one hell of a driver because
    even with these mysterious engine issues the only driver that actually set a
    faster lap time than you was Seb Morris who of course had fastest lap of the race
    just over two tenths quicker. But your quickest lap is faster than all of the
    other four drivers who finished ahead of you including your team mate and race
    winner David Wagner. If you can do that with engine woes then you must be
    bordering on supersonic when your engine is firing on all cylinders!

    The interesting thing is that from lap 8 onwards you are
    running consistent race winning pace but unfortunately by then you had lost
    track position as we saw in both this race and indeed in race two that you are
    not anywhere near as comfortable or competent competing in the cut & thrust
    of the pack or following in the dirty air of your rivals as you are leading
    from the front as you were on Saturday where you started from pole position.

    You can put whatever spin on it you like Josh but the evidence
    is plain to see. You were caught out, not for the first time this season, by
    your race craft or lack of it (remember Rockingham where an accident in
    qualifying unfortunately condemned you to the back of the grid) and yes you are
    definitely quick when able to run out at
    the front but as a driver in now his third full season in this championship that
    is only to be expected!