While Porsche Carrera Cup GB championship leader Josh Webster may have extended his advantage with an “incredible” double win at Snetterton this past weekend, the Redline Racing ace says his hard work is far from done and believes the season is “only going to get harder from here.”
The reigning Porsche Scholarship winner is on a sensational run of form at the moment, with a stand-out performance at Le Mans in June leading into two dream weekends at Croft and then Snetterton.
Those two meetings saw the former GP3 racer take three pole positions, two fastest laps and crucially all four race wins, with the winning streak giving him a sixteen point championship lead over team-mate and double champion Michael Meadows with eight races remaining.
The Snetterton weekend was particularly special for Webster with it being his home meeting, and he admits to The Checkered Flag that he was surprised by his dominance:
“It’s incredible. A massive thanks to the team, the car was just insane all weekend. I really didn’t expect to be this fast this weekend and to have these kind of results,” he enthused.
“I knew it would be between me and Michael [Meadows] this weekend, but to get pole by nearly half a second and have two races where whenever I wanted to push, I could and would pull away, it’s brilliant and a massive thanks to the team for a great car.
“It’s a really nice feeling to do it at the home meeting too. There’s always the pressure to win the second race, with it being live on TV, and I felt pretty nervous for that one, hence me jumping the start and us having to do it again. It all worked out well in the end and I’m so happy, it just seems to be getting better and better this season.”
While riding on the crest of a wave at the moment, with all the momentum seeming to be in his favour, Webster is quick to appreciate that there is plenty more work to do as they head into the business end of the season.
Four meetings remain this season, with visits to Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch, and Webster has earmarked the trip to Scotland later this month as the one that might be particularly tough.
“I think it’s only going to get harder from here, that’s for sure,” he pondered. “Knockhill is one of Michael’s best circuits and I’ve never been there before, so I think a lot of simulator work will be in order before I get there.
“While that’s going to be difficult, I like the other circuits left so we’ll see. If you start counting points there’s a chance you drive within yourself and get in trouble doing that, so I’m going to drive as fast as I can and see what happens.”
While Webster is focusing on the remaining races as he aims to keep Meadows behind, he is also making sure to enjoy the current success – with the 20 year old being the first to admit that he’s exceeding expectations in his first season in the championship.
“I just feel really privileged to be in the position I’m in,” he concluded. “I really didn’t expect to be this high up and on the pace of Michael so quickly. At the start of the year we showed promise, but you see a lot of people who are new to something that are quick but then fade away, and that’s exactly what I didn’t want to do.
“It’s a long season though and there’s a lot more opportunities left for Michael to come back, so I’ve got to keep guard and do the best job I can.”