Josh Webster has told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk that he is pleased with how his Porsche Carrera Cup GB title defence has been going so far this season as he prepares for a crucial spell of the campaign starting at Croft next weekend.
In his new-for-2015 home of Team Parker Racing, Webster has finished on the podium three times so far this year, with a third place at Oulton Park last time out following a sparkling weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, during which he notched a win and a second place.
Unfortunately for the reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, a drive-through penalty during the season opener at Brands Hatch has left him chasing championship leader Dan Cammish almost from the off, with Cammish holding a 31 point advantage over him at present having finished every race so far in the top two.
“The season’s been going well. It could be better so far and it could be worse,” Webster told The Checkered Flag. “Spa was a really good weekend for us, with two poles, a win and a second place, but then here at Oulton things haven’t quite gone to plan, while the penalty at Brands Hatch really put us on the backfoot.
“Someone needs to do something about Cammish though, as he seems to be keeping those wins coming which isn’t good for our title defence. I’d be amazed if he had good races all season though, everyone has a bad weekend now and again, so we’ve just got to keep getting solid points and finishes on the board.”
This season sees the Carrera Cup GB boasting one of the most talented grids in the championship’s history, and while Webster doesn’t think the pace required to win has changed, he feels the margins between success and failure are a lot narrower this year.
“I don’t feel there’s been a step up in class as such, the pace is the same as last season I think, but it’s just that this year there is more people at that pace. Last year, if you were a tenth off in qualifying you were third or fourth, but this year you’re down in seventh or eighth,” he explained.
“That just puts a bit more pressure on you, making sure the car is set-up perfectly through practice so you can go out there in qualifying and post the two quick lap times close together that you need to be in good positions for the races.”
Last season, Webster’s title challenge really came alive in the middle of the season with consecutive double wins at Croft and Snetterton, and the Suffolk-based racer is confident of another strong mid-season run this year to ensure he’s right in title contention at the business end of the year.
“Croft is a circuit I love, I’m really looking to that weekend,” he added. “I’m excited for my home round at Snetterton which went so well last year, and then Knockhill as well.
“The circuits from now on are ones that I really like, so we’re looking forward to challenging for more wins over the rest of the season and keeping ourselves in the title hunt.”
Webster’s title defence continues at Croft in Yorkshire next weekend (27/28 June).