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.
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.
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.
|1||9||Josh Webster||Team Parker Racing||Pro||28:37.636|
|2||11||Lewis Plato||Motorbase Performance||Pro||+5.025|
|4||23||George Gamble||Redline Racing||Pro||+13.895|
|5||55||Dan Vaughan||Motorbase Performance||Pro||+16.651|
|6||77||Seb Perez||Redline Racing||Pro||+16.906|
|7||4||Jack McCarthy (R)||Redline Racing||Pro Am||+17.153|
|8||3||Esmee Hawkey||GT Marques||Pro Am||+17.618|
|9||15||John Ferguson (R)||In2 Racing||Am||+26.966|
|10||7||Justin Sherwood||Team Parker Racing||Am||+27.130|
|11||36||Karl Leonard||Team Parker Racing||Pro Am||+34.296|
|12||22||Peter Kyle-Henney||In2 Racing||Am||+36.269|
|13||8||Adam Knight (R)||Valluga Racing||Am||+36.558|
|DNF||99||Rob Boston (R)||Rob Boston Racing||Pro Am||+12 Laps|
|DNF||71||Jamie Orton||JTR||Pro Am||+21 Laps|
|DSQ||25||Tom Roche (R)||Rob Boston Racing||Pro||Technical Infringement|