2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Champion
We went to Brands Hatch GP Circuit last weekend with a very slim 4 point advantage over reigning double Champion, Michael Meadows. I’d never raced on the GP circuit before, so I had a bit to learn in practice. The circuit is really great to drive and I can understand why so many drivers say it’s one of their favourite tracks.
To say I was nervous before each session this weekend would be a massive understatement. Qualifying was tricky as it was a drying greasy track, so each lap was an improvement and getting the timing right for the second set of new slick tyres was vital. I was a couple of laps too early, but still managed to take the crucial two extra points for the poles, which meant that I went into race day with a 6 point lead.
The guest driver started on pole and as he didn’t score championship points, I wanted him to go ahead so all I had to do was keep Michael behind me to extend my lead. This went to plan and I took the full 20 points for the win and Michael was third with 16 points. I also managed to get the extra point for fastest lap, so my lead was extended from 6 to 11 points.
The conditions for the final race of the season were deteriorating and it started to rain at the start of the race. We were all on slick tyres. Again I didn’t want to risk an accident with the guest driver, so I slotted into second place with Michael behind me. I let Michael overtake as I just wanted to follow him to the end to secure the championship, but with steady rain and failing light, the conditions were very difficult.
Other drivers including the lead guest car went in for wet tyres, but Michael and I stayed out on slicks to the end. I have never been so relieved to see the chequered flag as Michael won and I took second place to secure the championship title.
The whole Redline Racing Team were hanging over the pit wall with my pit board which said WEBSTER P1 2014 and I am just so grateful to have experienced such an amazing feeling.
I understand that I’m the first Porsche Scholar to win the championship in their scholarship year and the youngest champion, which is really cool, however I’m just the racing driver and so many people have been absolutely essential to making it happen.
Before I say thanks to them, I’d like to give credit to Michael Meadows, the outgoing champion who has been a generous team mate in my first year racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. We have shared all our data and have developed a real friendship even though we were rivals on track all year. Michael is a great driver and an all-round good guy and it’s been a pleasure racing with him.
I have to say massive thanks to everyone at Redline Racing, especially my exceptional mechanic Alan Hudson for preparing the race car to not only finish 100% of the 19 races this year but to also have 100% podiums, with 6 wins, 10 second and 3 third places. Thanks also to 2007 and 2011 champion James Sutton, who has been our Redline Racing driver coach this year.
Thanks to Porsche Motorsport GB for the Scholarship and of course to my fantastic sponsors, James Palmer of Nine Group, Simon Ackers and Chris Warwick of Porsche Retail Group, Graham McMullen of Admiral Group, Paul Bartley and Close Brothers Leasing, Chris McDonald and Swissvax, Michael Stott from Whittlebury Hall, Darren and Richard at Melbek and Pas Ruggiero. You guys made it all happen!
Thank you to Eliot, Gerard and all at Porsche Human Performance, and everyone at Everyone Active gym in Stowmarket where I train most days. Many thanks to the BRDC for their valuable support with their Rising Star programme.
Most importantly, thanks to my mum, dad and sisters who work so hard behind the scenes to support me. I don’t know yet what my race programme will be for 2015. As this amazing season ends, the hard work starts again to put together plans for next year! As soon as I have news I’ll let you know.
My final thanks are to you, for all your amazing messages during the year and since winning the championship on Sunday afternoon. I have been overwhelmed by the support and can’t thank you all individually, but I have read every message and I really appreciate you taking the time to write, text or post messages on facebook, twitter, instagram etc.