Josh Webster has vaulted into the lead of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain, taking his second ever series victory at Croft on Saturday afternoon from second on the grid.
The former GP3 entrant had been in position to take the series lead due to some misfortune for erstwhile standings topper Michael Meadows. Samsung UHD TV Racing’s Meadows was set to start the first of this weekend’s encounters from third on the grid but an altercation between the front of his Porsche and a slight lip between the grass verge and tarmac at Tower Bend in qualifying led to severe frontal chassis damage. This could not be repaired in time for the first race.
Paul Rees of In2Racing would start the race from pole position but it was a lead that would last little longer than the second chicane following Clervaux corner, Webster tucking under Rees’ orange and white Type 991 GT3 Cup forcing the pole sitter onto the dirty side of the circuit and allowing the youngster through into the lead.
It was a race lead and indeed a victory that Redline Racing man Webster would not relinquish and neither would Rees relinquish his second position. Following a disastrous outing at Le Mans that saw Victor Jimenez suffer a spectacular tyre failure, the Spaniard bounced back in Yorkshire to score a podium.
Webster was graceful discussing his new position as series leader, saying “I am happy to be leading the championship but it is a bit hollow to take the lead from Michael in this way.”
Pepe Massot could not have dreamed of a better Porsche debut, dominating the Pro-Am1 class from pole position for Parr Motorsport and fending off an increasing amount of pressure from guest entrant Ollie Millroy (Redline Racing).
In Pro-Am2, it was again two debutants who starred. Paul Donkin of Redline Racing delivered a tremendous performance to take class victory and likewise Paul McKay of In2Racing did a superb job to score a class podium. Sandwiched between the two newbies was category regular Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport).
Donkin was overjoyed with victory, describing the situation as “Emotional and awesome!”