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Josh WebsterStowmarket’s Josh Webster will make his competitive debut in the national Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship during the six race ‘Finals Series’ which begins at Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend, 5th/6th November, having signed a deal with race-winning squad Mark Burdett Motorsport.

Just a couple of weeks since the conclusion of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, in which the 17-year-old ended the season as Vice-Champion with three victories and nine podiums in total, Josh now prepares to take on his toughest challenge yet in a current specification FR 2.0 car.

Offering greater power, enhanced aerodynamics, steering-wheel mounted paddle-shift gear change and requiring an adaptation in driving style compared to the previous generation ‘BARC’ Formula Renault, the demands of the top tier of the renowned single-seater category will prove to be a steep learning curve for the Suffolk racer…but he’s relishing the opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to have this chance to race in the Finals Series in a UK car, I’m really happy to be back out so soon after the end of the BARC season”, said Josh, “This is a perfect opportunity to learn the new car and get as much experience as possible as we prepare for next year, the aim is to do the full UK championship in 2012 if we can raise the budget so this is all about getting ready for that.

“It’s going to be a major learning curve for me, we’ve only had limited testing time in the car and I’ve never raced on the 300 Circuit before, but we’ll be giving it our all as we always do. I’m pleased to be working with Mark Burdett and his team, they’ve had some good success in the main championship this year and I’m sure we’ll develop a good relationship.”

Along with his inexperience of the new FR 2.0 car and Snetterton’s 2.97-mile 300 Circuit layout, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star is also making the move into the UK category in what is destined to be the most competitive winter championship ever.

Over 30 cars are expected for the opening event in East Anglia, including a dozen or more entries from Europe, making the competition incredibly intense. The Finals Series will be contested over six races in total, four at Snetterton this coming weekend and then two more a week later on Saturday, 12th November, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.

The opening qualifying session at Snetterton will get underway at 09.25 on Saturday, 5th November, with round one scheduled to begin at 12.15 and round two following at 15.45. Second qualifying on Sunday, 6th November, will commence at 09.00 with round three timetabled to start at 11.55 and round four rounding out the weekend’s action at 15.30.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh Webster - SilverstoneBritish Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star Josh Webster just missed out on claiming the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title at Silverstone National Circuit over the weekend, 15th/16th October, despite racing to his third victory of the season and claiming a double podium.

Going into the all-important final two rounds of the campaign 19 points shy of the top of the table, the 17-year-old from Stowmarket needed a huge weekend to get anywhere close to achieving his dream…and it so nearly came good after a superb effort from the Fortec Motorsport driver.

Determined to give himself the best chance possible of overturning points leader Dino Zamparelli, the Suffolk racer qualified for the first of the weekend’s encounters on pole position and made a tremendous start to Saturday’s 18-lapper.

Fending off initial pressure from team-mate Archie Hamilton, Josh delivered an absolute masterclass at the front by stretching away to a four second winning margin. Importantly, he took two further bonus points for setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 56.402 seconds (104.61mph) – this took him to within 10 points of Zamparelli going into the final round on Sunday.

Still with a lot of hard work ahead, and requiring a good dose of fortune too, the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer backed racer couldn’t have tried any harder in the televised 12th round.

Lining up on the front-row again, this time in second position, Josh made another great start to take the lead but pole-sitter Matt Mason dived back through into Becketts with a late pass to push the MSA Academy driver back to second place.

Piling on the pressure to Mason lap after lap, while also repelling an attack from Kourosh Khani behind, Josh pushed as hard as possible to force an error from the leader who had to defend hard and hold very tight lines in order to remain at the front.

Midway through the race, with Zamparelli back in sixth position, Josh literally had one hand on the champion’s trophy but by the time the chequered flag fell on lap 18 his rival had made his way through into the top three which was enough to give the Antel Motorsport driver the title.

Understandably disappointed, Josh couldn’t have given anything more or tried any harder – his exceptional weekend meaning he concludes his second season of car racing with a tally of nine podiums from 10 race finishes, an outstanding record. He also set the fastest lap on four occasions and qualified on pole position twice.

“Being at a points disadvantage due to having had two non-finishes, compared to Dino’s one, made it tough but it was good to take it down to the wire”, said Josh, “It just didn’t come to us this time but congratulations to Dino and Antel, they’ve been quick all year. I’m just looking forward to next year now, hopefully we can get the budget to be racing – my sponsors this year have been fantastic.

“I have to say a huge thank you to Nine Telecom, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer. Thanks to the guys at Fortec for their hard work and to my mum, dad and sisters Leah and Fern – without their support I wouldn’t be racing at all. For this weekend in particular, thanks to Mike Rockall and Whittlebury Hall for their fantastic hospitality.”

He added: “The championship has been so competitive this year and to come into the final round with 10 points between us, it shows how close we are. We both wanted it just as much as each other, in the end he just managed to pip me but I’m pleased we’ve put on a good show this year.”

Final 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Standings:
Champion: Dino Zamparelli, 295pts; Vice-Champion: Josh Webster, 286pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh Webster - ThruxtonProtyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title contender Josh Webster kept his hopes of claiming the 2011 crown alive at Thruxton on Saturday, 3rd September, with a brace of hard-earned podium finishes.

Hot on the heels of being invited by the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) to be one of its latest ‘Rising Stars’, the Stowmarket 17-year-old raced brilliantly to third place in each encounter at the 2.35-mile Hampshire circuit after clutch problems compromised his starts on each occasion.

Despite being disappointed at not being able to challenge for victory this weekend, Josh’s sixth and seventh podiums of the year do help set the scene for a mouth-watering season finale at Silverstone in mid-October.

In order to take the championship he will need to overturn a 19 point deficit to series leader Dino Zamparelli. Despite having finished on the podium in seven of the 10 races so far, Josh is at a distinct disadvantage due to the fact he has two unfortunate retirements compared to his rival’s one.

“I want to win every time I go out but two thirds have definitely kept the championship alive for us”, said the Suffolk racer, “I am disappointed we couldn’t take a win this weekend, we didn’t have the pace I expected, but finishing on the podium twice isn’t a disaster at all. Plus I’ve been invited to be a BRDC Rising Star which is a massive honour, I’m really proud to be part of the club.

“I did struggle with the starts, each time I was mobbed into the chicane and dropped to fifth or sixth so I had to race quite hard to get back onto the podium. We later found out there was a problem with the clutch though. We’re looking ahead to Silverstone now, it’s one of my favourite tracks and I know we can still win the championship from here – so that’s what I’m going out to try and do.”

Qualifying didn’t quite go according to plan for the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer-backed driver as he missed out on picking up the essential ‘tow’ required at Thruxton for the quickest lap times. Even so, he managed to secure fourth on the grid for round nine and an improved third on the grid for round 10.

With 35 sponsors and guests looking on, Josh headed into the opening encounter aiming to get to the front of the pack as quickly as possible but the aforementioned clutch issue – unidentified at that point – meant he wasn’t able to make one of his usually sharp getaways.

The net result was that he was attacked from all sides heading through Allard and into the complex, slipping to sixth place but battling back superbly into fifth on the first lap and then moving back into the top four on lap two.

Chasing down third placed James Thorp, both drivers then gained a place at the expense of Kourosh Khani who dropped back from second. Before Josh had an opportunity to try and get fully on terms with Thorp though, the race was stopped following a two-car incident at half-distance. With the result declared from the end of lap eight, Josh took third just 0.7 seconds adrift of second place.

Another frustrating start in round 10 dropped Josh from third to fifth but he mounted a great recovery once more and after passing Khani for fourth position on lap two, he then took third from Steven Durrant on lap four. By the time the MSA Academy driver had fought his way through to third though, the top two had broken clear so he focused on claiming third and more good points.

Protyre Formula Renault BARC now takes a six week break from action ahead of the grand finale, rounds 11 and 12 of the season, which will be contested over the weekend 15th/16th October at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Marking the biggest race meeting of the year for Josh and his rival competitors, the concluding event of the campaign will run as support to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Round 12 of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will therefore receive live television coverage on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 and in High Definition on the ITV4 HD channel.

Provisional 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Standings (after Rd10):
1st Dino Zamparelli, 243pts; 2nd Josh Webster, 224pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh Webster - Rd5 Oulton Park WinnerJosh Webster delivered an outstanding performance on his first ever competitive appearance at the challenging Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on Saturday, 28th May – the teenage star taking his second win of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship and, with it, the series lead.

By far the best weekend of the season so far for the 17-year-old, Stowmarket-based Josh remained fantastically well composed despite red flag stoppages in both rounds five and six to claim victory in the opening encounter, along with the fastest lap, and a strong second place in race two.

With the midway point in the championship now reached, the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer-supported driver is 19 points clear at the top of the standings for his Fortec Motorsport team.

“It’s been an amazing weekend, I’m so happy to be leading the championship”, said the Suffolk ace, “The team has done a fantastic job, the car has been absolutely awesome, and to take a win, second place and fastest lap in the first race too – well, it couldn’t have been much better. I’m really happy.”

Arriving at Oulton Park some 17 points adrift of the championship lead, Josh aimed to close the gap as much as possible but little could he have expected the turn-around he achieved – especially with the incident-packed nature of the two races.

In qualifying, the MSA Academy driver just missed out on pole position for round five by 0.1 seconds but importantly secured a front-row starting slot for both races thanks to his customary consistency and sparkling pace.

Making a sensational start to round five to immediately grab the lead, Josh looked well placed to control the action from the front but on lap three the Safety Car was deployed due to an incident at the hairpin. Soon after, the race was stopped and a re-run over a planned distance of seven laps was declared by officials.

Prior to the re-start, a few minutes of rainfall led to the track surface being particularly tricky but Josh handled the situation tremendously. Getting a phenomenal start, he was instantly able to find the grip and determine how hard to push and by the end of lap one held a superb two second lead.

Unchallenged at the front, he led by 2.6 seconds into lap four but due to another incident – this time at Lakeside – the race was red flagged soon after and a result declared from the order at the end of lap three. Josh therefore claimed his second victory of the season and became the first driver in 2011 to secure more than a single win. He also took two bonus points for the fastest race lap.

Moving him to within just one point of the championship lead, Josh had his sights set on more silverware for round six and at the start he managed to take the lead from second on the grid once again before opening up a one second advantage over the first 2.2-miles of racing. As in race one though, red flags were shown due to a multi-car tangle and so the action was annulled on lap four.

After a short break, round six re-started and this time Josh was just shaded into the first corner by category mainstay Kourosh Khani. He remained in close company throughout though and took the chequered flag a mere 0.9 seconds away from another win, in turn keeping experienced Formula Renault racer Dino Zamparelli at bay to surge to the top of the driver standings.

“It was quite difficult at the front in the first race, half the track was wet and half was dry, and with nobody ahead to help judge braking distances or turning points it was tricky”, said Josh, “The car has been immense this weekend though, the guys at Fortec have done an awesome job.”

Josh now has eight long weeks to wait for the start of the second half of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with rounds seven and eight of the 2011 season set to take place at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on 23rd/24th July.

Provisional 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Standings (after Rd6):
1st Josh Webster, 144pts; 2nd Archie Hamilton, 125pts; 3rd Kieran Vernon, 123pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh WebsterProtyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title contender Josh Webster took his second podium of the 2011 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, 14th/15th May, to move into fifth place in the driver standings – just 17 points shy of the series lead.

Stowmarket-based Josh, a member of the MSA Academy, was unfortunate to miss out on the pivotal pole position for round three by the tinniest of margins – a mere 0.005 seconds – and that proved to be the determining factor in the first of the weekend’s races.

Not quite able to usurp pole-sitter, and Fortec Motorsport team-mate, Kieran Vernon into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, the 17-year-old Suffolk racer had to tuck-in and settle for a nonetheless welcome second place with hardly anything to choose between the pair in terms of pace.

Little more than a second separated the two front-runners throughout the 19 lap encounter but with overtaking in a Formula Renault car nigh-on impossible at the 1.2-mile Kent track, Josh had to shadow Vernon to the flag – posting second fastest lap in the process with a time of 45.658 seconds.

Qualifying for round four was a more troublesome affair for Josh as he lost vital track time due to an issue with floor on his FR 2.0 coming loose and requiring an urgent pit-stop mid-session. Missing the optimum time to be on track due to the enforced pit visit, and with it the chance to challenge for pole position, he brilliantly salvaged the sixth fastest lap – only 0.184 seconds shy of the top spot.

Moving into fifth off the start, the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer supported racer slipped to sixth on lap two but got back into fifth on lap 11 when Vernon crashed out from fourth at Graham Hill Bend.

Missing out on the fastest race lap by just eight 100ths of a second, Josh displayed tremendous pace once again and as part of a very close finish on lap 20 he missed out on the podium places by only 0.6 seconds.

“It was all about qualifying this weekend, as it always is at Brands Indy”, said Josh, “The first session was really close and we only just missed taking pole position. In the race I got away well and had a good run into Paddock but Kieran had the door closed and that was it, we had to settle for second.

“In race two, my tyres seemed to take ages to come on so that made things pretty difficult early on but fifth in the end gives us more good points for the championship which is what we need. It’s a real shame we had the problem with the floor of the car coming unbolted in second qualifying as we could easily have been on the podium again if we’d been on the first two rows.”

In other race-related news, Josh’s car sported a brand new livery and colour scheme this weekend in deference to headline sponsor Nine Telecom Group. With 30 guests in attendance at Brands Hatch to cheer-on the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Winter Champion, Josh was delighted to reward the support with his second podium of the season.

“I’m so grateful to all my sponsors and especially Nine Telecom, without their support I wouldn’t be racing – it’s as simple as that”, added Josh, “I really wanted to give the guests a win to celebrate but being on the podium was still great. Hopefully we can fight for both wins next time out at Oulton!”

There are just two weeks to wait for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season which will be held on Saturday, 28th May, at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

Provisional 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Standings (after Rd4):
1st James Thorp, 99pts; 5th Josh Webster, 82pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh Webster winning Rd1 - DoningtonSuffolk motor racing star Josh Webster proved his position as one of the title-challenging favourites in the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with a superbly dominant race-winning performance during the opening round of the season at Donington Park today, Sunday, 24th April.

The Stowmarket 17-year-old, who only managed to secure his place on the grid a couple of weeks ago after signing a late deal with top team Fortec Motorsport, made an absolutely electric start to the first of the day’s races at Donington – taking the lead three corners into the race.

Scorching away from fourth on the grid, his second row start not completely representative of his genuine pace after issues with his car in qualifying, Josh immediately moved into second place at Redgate and then grabbed the lead with a tremendous pass on James Thorp at Craner Curves.

From there, the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Winter Series Champion was never headed and he fully controlled the race from the front. Building a lead of over two seconds by lap nine he then posted a then lap record of 1m08.169 seconds (104.51mph) on the 11th tour to seal two bonus points.

Taking the chequered flag on lap 14, and with it his first main championship victory, the teenage star was thrilled with his faultless race performance: “Absolutely fantastic! Before the race I knew what I had to do and it all worked out. We made some changes to the car overnight after qualifying, as we had some problems which slowed me down, but today everything was really good.

“I got a fantastic start, made sure I got the tyres really warm on the green flag lap and then had great traction to get up into second past Dino (Zamparelli) and Archie (Hamilton). Then, down the Craner Curves, I had some extra grip, got past James (Thorp) and pulled away – fantastic!”

Running this weekend with support from Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Melbek Technology, Sunwise, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer, Josh started round two an uncharacteristic seventh on the grid – due to the aforementioned car issues in qualifying on Saturday.

Even so, much was expected of him after his scintillating race one performance and during the early stages of the race Josh looked on course to potentially mount a podium challenge. Moving into fifth on the opening lap, Josh climbed into the top four prior to a short Safety Car period on lap four with a fantastic pass on the vastly more experienced Dino Zamparelli at the chicane.

Underlining his determination to make amends for the car issues in qualifying he raced with great commitment, dueling hard with Zamparelli, but heartbreak struck on lap 13 when his FR 2.0 ground to a halt entering Hollywood.

Thoroughly disappointed, and unable to prevent his earlier lap record being bettered, Josh still ended the weekend sixth in the driver standings and a certain bet to close down the championship leaders as the season progresses. His sights are set on nothing other than title success and he’ll undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with during the remainder of the season.

After months of major uncertainty about whether or not he’d be racing at all in 2011, Josh will head to Brands Hatch in Kent three weeks from now, 14th/15th May, for the third and fourth rounds of the championship knowing he has the pace and potential to fight for race wins and championship glory.

Provisional 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Standings (after Rd2):
1st James Thorp, 60pts; 6th Josh Webster 34pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh Webster - FR BARC Winter ChampionEmerging motor racing talent Josh Webster capped off his first year of single-seater action perfectly at Pembrey in South Wales on Sunday, 14th November, by sealing his maiden championship crown with a dominant success in the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.

Over the course of the six round campaign Josh, who hails from Stowmarket in Suffolk, has been the class of the field and during this weekend’s action he delivered a series of strong performances in tricky conditions to take four podiums from the four races contested – including a class victory.

In the end he earned the title by an extremely healthy 22 points and, added to that, he sealed the BARC Class pole position for all four Pembrey races by significant margins and also set the fastest lap in each encounter with seriously dominant pace.

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. 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.

“We should have won at least two of the races this weekend but we showed dominant pace and I proved what I can do. As always huge thanks to my sponsors – Nine Telecom Group, Sunwise, Admiral Voice and Data, Synergy One, Melbek Technology, Norfolkline Ferries, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer – for their great support and to all the guys at Fortec Motorsport for a great car.”

During qualifying for rounds three and four on Saturday, 13th November, Josh took his first BARC Class pole position of the series by 0.5 seconds and his second best time of the session was also good enough for pole again, this time by four 10ths of a second.

In the first race of the weekend he enjoyed a strong opening lap but the racing was interrupted almost immediately with the appearance of the Safety Car. The re-start came on lap four but as the encounter reached its scheduled mid-distance, the red flags were shown and racing had to cease due to a stranded car on the track.

Having built a clear lead in the BARC Class, the stoppage was especially frustrating for Josh and after a delay round three got back underway. By virtue of his great performance prior to the red flags, he lined up on the new grid in among UK Class cars and this worked against him at the re-start as he got boxed-in at the first corner. Having to settle for second place at the finish, he did set the fastest lap of 54.661 seconds (95.89mph).

In round four Josh ran second in class throughout and just missed out on the BARC victory by a mere 0.6 seconds, although he did secure the bonus points for fastest lap with a time of 54.475 seconds (96.22mph). Furthermore, he took the chequered flag on lap 20 over four seconds clear of one of the quicker UK Championship specification cars – underlining his pace and performance.

Sunday morning’s wet qualifying session saw Josh take the BARC Class pole position for round five by a full 0.6 seconds while his second best time was an even better 0.7 seconds quicker than his nearest rival could manage, giving him his fourth pole of the winter series for round six.

Holding his lead at the start of round five, Josh was never troubled as he eased to a winning margin of almost two seconds with a very impressive drive. Yet again, he also took the bonus points for fastest lap – 1m00.242 seconds (87.00mph) – underlining his prowess.

Lining up on the class pole for the last race of the winter series, the Suffolk A-level student hoped to conclude the championship on a winning high but a drying track made tyre choice critical and that proved to be the decisive factor in determining the outcome.

Conditions improved throughout the day after a very wet start to proceedings and with a drying line ever more prevalent, Fortec opted to run Josh on slick rubber which looked to be the correct choice. Due to a couple of Safety Car periods during the 25-minute race though, those on wet-weather tyres were able to maintain more performance than would ordinarily have been the case.

For that reason, Josh had to settle for the runner-up spot but was only a second shy of the class win at the chequered flag. Reeling in the leader at a rate of two seconds a lap, he missed out on the win by a fraction but again had the consolation of the fastest BARC lap of 58.893 seconds (89.00mph) – quicker than five of the UK Class runners and on a par with at least half a dozen others from the headline class who were also on slick tyres.

Final 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship – BARC Class driver standings:
Champion: Josh Webster, 52pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography

Stowmarket racing driver Josh Webster utterly dominated the BARC Class on the opening weekend of the Michelin Formula Renault Winter Championship at his home track, Snetterton, on Saturday, 6th November, with a pair of faultless race victories, two fastest laps and a new lap record.

The 16-year-old, who has turned a lot of heads throughout his maiden year of car racing action, was in a class of his own in the BARC contest and never looked likely to be challenged as he won rounds one and two by nine and 15 seconds respectively.

Driving for crack squad Fortec Motorsport – the team with which he finished a highly impressive fourth overall in the main Formula Renault BARC Championship this year, a mere three points shy of the coveted top three – Josh heads to Pembrey for the winter series finale next weekend, 13th/14th November, with a six point class lead.

“Snetterton was absolutely fantastic”, said the MSA Academy and A-level student, “I want to say a huge thank you to the team for giving me a great car as always. Qualifying didn’t go according to plan as we were on the wrong tyres but in the races I was able to show my true pace. Two wins is a perfect way to start the winter series and to set a new BARC lap record was the icing on the cake.

“I also need to thank my fantastic sponsors for their on-going support. Special thanks go to James Palmer of Nine Telecom Group and Graham McMullen of Admiral Solutions and Support for helping me race in the winter series and also to Doodson Broking Group for their valuable contribution.”

During officially timed testing on Friday, 5th November, Josh lapped a full second quicker than his closest rival but unfortunately missed out on the class pole position on Saturday morning on a tricky drying track. Running slick tyres from the off, in the expectation the circuit would dry sufficiently, it didn’t quite work out for him as the surface was more suited to wet-weather rubber.

He wasted no time in surging to the front of the BARC Class though on the opening lap of the first race and immediately set about stamping home his authority. The Safety Car had to be deployed at the beginning of lap four, therefore eliminating Josh’s early advantage, but at the re-start he made no mistakes and set about building a substantial lead once more.

On the 15th tour he posted the quickest BARC lap of 1m08.306 seconds (102.87mph) to gain two bonus points and in the end was able to cruise to the class victory with a huge gap of nine seconds, having doubled his cushion over the rest of the BARC runners over the course of the final six laps.

Starting second in class again for round two, Josh delivered an even more impressive demonstration of his skills with a crushing 15 second win. He also set a brand new lap record for Formula Renault BARC specification machinery at Snetterton with a time of 1m07.583 seconds (103.97mph) – again clinching two more bonus points.

Finishing lap one a mere 0.3 seconds behind BARC pole-sitter Mackenzie Taylor, Josh passed his rival for the lead on the second tour and never looked back as he scorched to an incredible 15 second winning margin. In terms of the BARC Class driver standings following the first two rounds of the winter series, Suffolk-based Josh holds a six point lead.

Next weekend’s winter series finale at Pembrey will be contested over a further four rounds so there will be absolutely everything to play for. Each day of the race meeting, Saturday, 13th November, and Sunday, 14th November, will feature one qualifying session and two races.

2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship – BARC Class driver standings:
1st Josh Webster, 17pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.