Championship leader after double wins at Croft
Rounds 8 and 9 at Croft (28/29 June) turned out to be really good for me as I won both races to move into the lead in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Standings. However it was a difficult weekend with changeable weather and damage problems for the team.
In the first practice on Friday morning I only completed 3 laps as I clipped a tyre stack at the chicane and damaged the car. It felt like a small tap but it caused a lot of damage. Oops, sorry guys. The team had to work hard to repair the car for the afternoon practice session, and with the lack of laps in the morning I was playing catch up, but I had good pace and felt confident for qualifying on Saturday. Oh yes and I slightly clipped the tyre stack again which was a bit embarrassing.
With an early red flag in qualifying which disrupted the session for quite a long time, I was getting worried because I hadn’t put in a proper qualifying lap and it started raining. This was unfortunate for my team mate (and champion for the past two years) Michael Meadows who had an off at Tower corner and as he rejoined the track, a step up to the tarmac ripped the bottom off the front of his car which couldn’t be repaired for the afternoon race.
I managed to get a few good laps in but had my best two laps disallowed for exceeding track limits at turn 1. Fortunately my 3rd and 4th quickest laps were good enough for a front row start on Saturday and pole for the rolling start on Sunday. Tyre stack didn’t come into play in this session!
In the race I managed to get past Paul Rees at turn 2 on the first lap and took the win, with fastest lap and a new lap record. This gave me a 7 point lead in the Championship but I felt it was a bit of a hollow victory because Michael wasn’t in the race.
On Sunday, starting from pole, I had Michael (whose car had undergone massive body shop repairs overnight, an amazing effort by Redline Racing) behind me starting from P3 and he had a full set of new tyres, whereas I had 2 new and 2 old. He moved up to 2nd and closed the gap, trying to distract me hoping I’d make a mistake but I managed to deal with the pressure to hold on and take the second win of the weekend, increasing the lead in the standings to 9 points. I was very happy with the win as I had to really work hard for it.
The evil tyre stack had the last word for both of us as we were pushing really hard and we both clipped it, finishing the race with near identical damage – we’re booking a visit to Specsavers!
It’s the first time a Porsche Scholar has been in the lead of the Championship so I’m very happy with that achievement and feel really pleased to be leading at this stage. The championship fight is well and truly on. The next rounds are 2/3 August at Snetterton.
In the meantime I am very excited to say that I will be racing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this coming weekend at the British Grand Prix (5/6 July). Widely regarded as the most competitive single-make GT championship in the world, I am really looking forward to being part of the grid for the Silverstone round. My car will be in the familiar purple and white livery and I’m very grateful to be supported for this race by Nine Group, Porsche Retail Group, Close Brothers Leasing, Admiral Solutions and Swissvax.
We have a 45 minute practice session at 16.45 on Friday, 30 minute qualifying on Saturday at 11.25 and 30 minute race at 10.30 on Sunday.
Many thanks for all your support and messages, it feels great to have so many people supporting me. I’ll try to keep twitter updated (@joshjwebster) and of course I’ll write an update after the weekend. If you’re going to be at the British GP I’m sure you’ll have a great weekend and hope to see you there!