While Michael Meadows won the race, Josh Webster won the championship crown in a dramatic Porsche Carrera Cup GB season finale in the rain of Brands Hatch yesterday.
Josh Webster is the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion after a truly challenging final pair of races on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch. In the face of a major challenge from defending champion Michael Meadows, Webster became the first driver to win the crown as a Carrera Cup Scholarship racer.
It has been an amazing season for the Suffolk racer, who marked his 20th birthday before the season started. Racing alongside Meadows at Redline Racing, Webster quickly adapted to the new type-991 911 GT3 Cup and was one of only two drivers to finish each of the 19 races. He scored 18 podium finishes and one fourth place in a season of incredible consistency, taking five wins at Donington Park, Croft and Snetterton. Webster also starred when the series took in a very high-profile support race at the Le Mans 24-hour in June, finishing second to Ben Barker among the Carrera Cup GB racers. “I want to say a big thank you to Redline Racing, the Nine Group, James Palmer and everyone for getting me here,” said Webster after clinching the title in very difficult track conditions. “What a fantastic result! It was the worst possible conditions to race in. Michael has been a fantastic competitor all year and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”
On a day of top quality race action played out in front of another packed BTCC crowd and live TV cameras, Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) won the Pro-Am2 title by just one point after a season long battle with Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport).
“Luckily for me, Peter and Will Goff decided to pit for wets when the rain came in the final race and I stuck with my decision to stay out on slicks,” said Liquorish. “It’s been a fantastic season and for it to come down to the last race of the season and the result to swing my way is brilliant. All credit goes to Team Parker Racing and it has been great to have a battle with Peter. We’ve had our ups and downs but you’d rather have it that way than romp off with the points’ lead. The Le Mans race was the highlight of the season for me: winning there and coming 27th out of 63 cars was incredible.”
In Pro-Am1, George Brewster (Welch Motorsport) took victory as increasing rain made track conditions challenging and some drivers pitted to change to wet weather tyres. Meanwhile, Steven Liquorish (Redline Racing) won Pro-Am2 and sealed the category title by a single point from Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport).
The rain had started by the time the grid assembled but all drivers stayed on slicks for the rolling start. Dan Cammish (Team Parker Racing) shot clear at the start and went clear as Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) worked ahead of title rival Webster (Redline Racing). Behind them, a fierce battle raged between Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport), Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and Jake Hill (In2 Racing) who had stormed up from the back of the grid in spectacular style.
Up front, Cammish elected to pit after nine laps as the rain increased. He opted to change to wet tyres, but conditions then stabilised and it ultimately proved to be the wrong call. Meadows and Webster stayed out on slicks and ran to the flag for first and second, while Hill claimed an impressive third place. There was some mighty battling in Pro-Am1 and through it all came Brewster to claim a cracking victory after battling ahead of Rob Smith (Redline Racing).
Kyle-Henney, meanwhile, drove a superb campaign in only his second season of racing to show what can be done to overcome lack of racing experience with determination and the backing of a strong team.
The contest for third overall in the drivers’ standings was settled in the final race as Paul Rees (In2 Racing) ended his debut Porsche season with third and an eight-point margin over Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing). Rees joined Webster as the only two drivers to finish each of the 19 races.
Webster’s performance at Brands Hatch earned him the ‘driver of the weekend’ award and Redline Racing was named as ‘team of the weekend’. Jimenez won a set of tyres as part of Michelin’s long-standing support of the championship. Before the start of testing at each race weekend, a name is drawn from a hat to receive the tyres, with a value of more than £1200.
Provisional final Carrera Cup GB championship points:
Overall: 1 Josh Webster 357; 2 Michael Meadows 348; 3 Paul Rees 250.
Pro-Am1: 1 Justin Sherwood 132; 2 Rob Smith 91; 3 Jordan Witt 76.
Pro-Am2: 1 Steven Liquorish 132; 2 Peter Kyle-Henney 131; 3 Will Goff 68.
Teams: 1 Redline Racing 599; 2 In2 Racing 416; 3 Samsung UHD TV Racing 348.
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) first overall: “It’s been me and Josh at the front all year. I tried to give the other guys an opportunity to get up to us and fight with Josh. I knew he’d make it easy for me to get past, but he’s done very well all year.”
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall: “The conditions were horrendous and you just don’t get any grip from the slicks. I knew we were on the same tyres and same set up, so whatever Michael did, I was going to do the same. I’m absolutely over the moon!”
George Brewster (Welch Motorsport) first in Pro-Am1: “I knew I had to be smooth and consistent. I could see Rob Smith ahead and I knew if he stayed out, I should as well. When you’ve done a lot of racing at Knockhill, you get plenty of experience of conditions like that. It’s a great result.”
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am2: “It was very, very slippery but I made the call to stay out. The team called me in and for about the first time this season I saw the pit board. But I decided it wasn’t wet enough and I’d driven in those conditions on slicks before.”