Josh Webster said he was ‘delighted’ with his maiden Formula Renault UK podium at Snetterton, after the 17-year-old finished second ahead of a number of established drivers.
After claiming two impressive finishes on Saturday, seventh and fifth, the Stowmarket racer surprised once more on Sunday taking a fourth and a sensational second in the opening weekend of the Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series, leaving him third in the overall standings.
“I’m delighted,” said Webster.”‘We’ve made a lot of progress from the start of the week. We started testing really slow and gradually gained speed. I’d like to thank Mark Burdett Motorsport and everyone thats helped out and made the car really competitive.”
Webster showed great pace from the start of the weekend, qualifying eleventh on Saturday in the challenging wet conditions before making his way up to seventh in race one and fifth in race two.
But it was on Sunday when the BRDC Rising Star came into his element. Webster qualified fifth for rounds three and four and made the most of his opportunity. In round three, Webster settled for fourth after challenging hard for third, but in round four Webster’s efforts paid dividends, and after a lightening start he propelled himself from fifth to second by turn one. From there Webster never looked back, but the race was far from uneventful.
“I went into Bomb Hole trying a little bit too hard and got some snap oversteer which sent me onto the grass. I did exactly the same in race one as well, I didn’t make it easy for myself!
“I also had an off at turn three onto the grass; that makes it sound like i’m all over the place, but I’m just pushing really hard! It sent me onto the defensive side with Jordan (King) and Jake (Dennis) behind so I just had to be a little bit clever and back them into each other and that helped me get away.”
The second place finish left the Suffolk youngster third in the overall standings, but Webster is aiming to go one better at Rockingham.
“I finished second in the BARC class and had a really good fight there last season. I know the track reasonably well, but these cars are are a bit different than the BARC cars so it’ll be tough. But we’ll go for the win.”