Monday, November 15, 2010

Motorsport: Red-hot Webster is winter series champion

Champion: Josh Webster celebrates his Formula Renault BARC
Winter Series victory. Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Stowmarket racer Josh Webster capped his first year of single-seater action perfectly at Pembrey in South Wales on Sunday by sealing his maiden championship crown in the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.
Over the course of the six-round campaign, Webster has been the class act and during the weekend’s action delivered a series of strong performances in tricky conditions to take podiums in all four races – including a class victory.
In the end he earned the title by a magnificent 22 points and sealed the BARC Class pole position for all four Pembrey races by significant margins and also set the fastest lap in each encounter.
All told, the MSA Academy driver won half of the Winter Championship races and finished runner-up in the other three – a tremendous tally which will hopefully go a long way to helping him secure the required financial backing to graduate to the premier Formula Renault UK Championship in 2011.
"It’s incredible to win the title, I’m very happy to have done it but actually pretty frustrated as well as I had an unassailable lead in the first race on Saturday before red flags were shown and we had a stoppage," said Webster.
"The win was there for sure, I was over a second a lap quicker than the others, but at the re-start I got boxed in behind some of the UK Class cars and that cost me."

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