Webster wins to get Carrera Cup GB championship challenge kickstarted

by Vince Pettit
Josh Webster - Porsche Carrera Cup GB

2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Josh Webster secured his return to the series on the Thursday before the Donington Park race weekend, on the Sunday he showed his class, taking victory in the second race of the weekend.

Following Dan Harper’s victory in the first race he selected the number 6 from the random draw, meaning the top six positions from the first race would be reversed.

Pro-Am racer Jack McCarthy lined up on the pole position slot with Dan Vaughan alongside him, Lewis Plato and Josh Webster on row two while George Gamble and Dan Harper occupied the third row.

As the lights went out Vaughan got the jump on McCarthy, taking the lead of the race in to the first corner while Josh Webster moved in to third place.

Lap two Webster showed his expertise to overtake through the fast Craner Curves while Plato followed, pushing McCarthy down to fourth place. Further back, race 1 winner Harper overtook Gamble for fifth place.

Pro-Am frontrunners Jamie Orton and Rob Boston followed, but a few laps into the race made contact, resulting in Orton’s car being beached in the gravel trap coming out of the final chicane.

Before the safety car period to clear Orton’s stricken Porsche, Am class race 1 winner John Ferguson had been on the move, overtaking Peter Kyle-Henney for the lead of the class whilst rookie Adam Knight watched patiently from third place.

As the race restarted Harper made his move for fourth place as Gamble followed and McCarthy was demoted to sixth. at the front of the pack Webster was also on the move, securing the lead for the race along Starkey’s Straight.

Karl Leonard - Team Parker Racing
Credit: Porsche / Dan Bathie

During the restart Pro-Am front runner Karl Leonard was deemed to have moved early and as a result picked up a 10 second penalty, leaving the Pro-Am order as McCarthy, Esmee Hawkey and Boston. Unfortunately for Boston he had to make a pitstop before the end of the race, promoting Leonard on to the podium.

In Am class Justin Sherwood moved in to the final podium spot ahead of Knight, before continuing his forward momentum to take second place away from Kyle-Henney.

As the laps counted down Vaughan made a mistake, running wide allowing Plato through to second place on the fifteenth lap. As Vaughan dropped back he was then forced to battle it out with Harper and Gamble for the final podium spot.

With two laps remaining it was Gamble who made the breakthrough, overtaking Vaughan for third place, leaving the Motorbase driver to settle for fourth place. Rookie Tom Roche would cross the finish line in fifth place but later lose his result after being disqualified for a technical infringement.

Webster completed the dream comeback, taking a victory in his first race weekend back in the series ahead of Plato and Harper.

Josh Webster - Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Credit: Porsche / Dan Bathie

Pro-Am saw McCarthy claim victory ahead of Hawkey and Leonard while in the Am class Ferguson took the win ahead of Sherwood and Kyle-Henney.

Josh Webster earned the Driver of the Weekend accolade, while Team Parker Racing were awarded Team of the Weekend.

19Josh WebsterTeam Parker RacingPro28:37.636
211Lewis PlatoMotorbase PerformancePro+5.025
333Dan HarperJTRPro+7.659
423George GambleRedline RacingPro+13.895
555Dan VaughanMotorbase PerformancePro+16.651
677Seb PerezRedline RacingPro+16.906
74Jack McCarthy (R)Redline RacingPro Am+17.153
83Esmee HawkeyGT MarquesPro Am+17.618
915John Ferguson (R)In2 RacingAm+26.966
107Justin SherwoodTeam Parker RacingAm+27.130
1136Karl LeonardTeam Parker RacingPro Am+34.296
1222Peter Kyle-HenneyIn2 RacingAm+36.269
138Adam Knight (R)Valluga RacingAm+36.558
DNF99Rob Boston (R)Rob Boston RacingPro Am+12 Laps
DNF71Jamie OrtonJTRPro Am+21 Laps
DSQ25Tom Roche (R)Rob Boston RacingProTechnical Infringement

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