Josh Webster produced one of the drives of his career to secure his maiden Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory in a dramatic Round Four at Donington Park, a result he hopes can be the catalyst for an outright championship challenge.
Misfortune for his Redline Racing team-mate, championship leader Michael Meadows at the first corner put Webster into the lead of the live-televised encounter at Donington, with the Porsche Scholarship winner going on to comfortably lead the first dozen laps.
Rain soon began to fall though, making conditions treacherous for the drivers. After a couple of laps in the rain, Webster took the huge gamble to lose his six second lead and pit for wet tyres.
“I made the call after a lap when I nearly came off the track on the slicks,” Webster explained to TCF. “I’d lost all temperature in the tyres, it’s a 1,200 kilo car it needs grip and it just wasn’t there. I couldn’t see anyone in my mirrors, so I thought everyone had already come in for wets.
“I’d never been in one of these situations before when I’ve needed to pit, so it may have been a bit of a rookie thing to do to come in and pit with only a handful of laps remaining, I called it close but fortunately the boys did an awesome job with the stop and it all worked out for the best.”
By the time the two-time Protyre Formula Renault vice-champion returned to the track, he was nearly forty seconds adrift of the new race leader, with just seven laps left to overhaul the deficit.
Webster needed just five though. Despite a brief excursion through the gravel during a tricky first few laps, he stormed through the field and went on to win the race by a massive fifty second margin.
“The first few laps on the wets were horrendous,” he commented. “I actually came off at the chicane overtaking [Michael] Meadows, I braked really late and went through the gravel. I thought I might have busted a rad or taken the splitter off, but luck was on my side.
“Then it was just a catch-up game, I was relying on laps to get back to the front and when I passed Victor [Jiminez] for P1, I knew the win was in the bag so just had to focus on keeping it on the track.”
That result was Webster’s fourth consecutive podium finish since making the switch to sportscars from single-seaters, and his first competitive win since a Formula Renault BARC success at the same circuit in August 2012.
With a positive start under his belt, Webster now lies eight points behind Meadows at the top of the championship standings, and feels he has a chance to become the first Scholarship driver to win the title in their maiden campaign.
“It’s a massive result for me, I was really emotional in the car after the race as it’s huge, to repay the family, my sponsors, Porsche and Redline for all their help getting me on the grid,” he added. “It’s only the second round, and there’s a lot more to come. The championship’s definitely back on.”