Kart­ing man Web­ster wins on GT4 de­but and plots Bri­tish GT move

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For­mer World and Euro­pean cham­pi­onship karter Sam Web­ster took two race wins on his maiden GT4 ap­pear­ances at Sil­ver­stone last week­end, and is due to de­but in Bri­tish GT be­fore the end of the sea­son.

The 19-year-old, from Dorset, joined the Fox Mo­tor­sport team to share a Ginetta G55 GT4 with Jamie Stan­ley for the GT Cup races in Northamp­ton­shire last week­end. Web­ster raced the car solo on Satur­day and scored a third place in class on his de­but be­fore win­ning GTA in the sec­ond. He and Stan­ley then shared the ma­chine on Sun­day and won.

Web­ster, who con­tested both the Euro­pean and World KZ cham­pi­onships with the ART team be­fore quit­ting kart­ing last year, is now due to share the G55 with Stan­ley for the Bri­tish GT fi­nale at Don­ing­ton Park in Septem­ber.

“The Ginetta is so much dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to, which is why run­ning for a few GT Cup races be­fore Bri­tish GT is per­fect as it’s ideal prepa­ra­tion,” said Web­ster, who was part of the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion driver ros­ter dur­ing his 2012 Su­per One cam­paign in Bri­tain.

“I’ll do the Don­ing­ton Park GT Cup week­end too [Au­gust 13/14] in prepa­ra­tion as it’s on the same track and the same tyres [Pirelli] as Bri­tish GT. Jamie has done great work get­ting me ready. With GTS my race­craft from kart­ing helps as you know when to at­tack and how to de­fend, but the sen­sa­tion of driv­ing is so dif­fer­ent.

“We’ll do a part-sea­son this year and hope­fully raise the bud­get for a full Bri­tish GT sea­son next year as that’s where I want to be.”

Web­ster (r) in GT4

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