Web­ster set for his Bri­tish GT de­but run NO SHARED EURO GRID FOR BRI­TISH GT

FOR­MAT

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

For­mer kart­ing ace Sam Web­ster will make his de­but in the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship at Don­ing­ton Park this week­end as he warms up for a full cam­paign next year.

Web­ster, 20, from Dorset, will share a Fox Mo­tor­sport Ginetta G55 GT4 with Jamie Stan­ley for the two-hour sea­son fi­nale. The pair have raced the car spo­rad­i­cally in the GT Cup Cham­pi­onship this year as Web­ster ad­justs to GT rac­ing.

Web­ster for­merly ran in both the Euro­pean and World KZ kart­ing cham­pi­onships with the ART team be­fore drop­ping out to con­cen­trate on a move to cars.

Stan­ley said: “Sam has al­ready been a win­ner in the GT Cup and his pro­gres­sion this sea­son has been bril­liant. How­ever, Bri­tish GT is a whole new level so he will have a learn­ing curve.

“We’ve done 10 days of test­ing and a few races so Sam has good mileage and to­gether we should both be rated as sil­ver driv­ers, so the car will carry a bit of ex­tra weight. The aim is def­i­nitely to go for the podium as we have the pace. We’d be dis­ap­pointed not to be in the fight. Sam is plan­ning to do the full cham­pi­onship next sea­son with Fox, so this is a great way to pre­pare him.”

Adam, who won the crown last sea­son along­side Beechdean AMR’S An­drew Howard, could be­come the first driver ever to suc­cess­fully de­fend the top di­vi­sion of Bri­tish GT, and also the first driver to win the ti­tle with two dif­fer­ent teams.

The Scots­man said he ex­pected the cham­pi­onship to be de­cided by who han­dles the pres­sure bet­ter be­tween am­a­teur rac­ers Min­shaw and John­ston.

“I’ve been ahead and be­hind go­ing into ti­tle de­ciders, so I’ve seen both sides of it and pres­sure is a big fac­tor, es­pe­cially for the gen­tle­man driv­ers,” said Adam. “Lead­ing the points plays on your mind and you think about the race for weeks in ad­vance, so it re­ally builds. In that re­spect chas­ing is eas­ier, as there is less pres­sure. I think whichever driver holds it to­gether best in the race’s first stint [for the Am driv­ers] will come out on top.

“Derek has al­ways been in­cred­i­bly strong at Don­ing­ton Park – he won there last year with TF and it’s his favourite cir­cuit, so we’re plan­ning full-steam at­tack.”

In con­trast Keen be­lieves he and Min­shaw hold the trump card due to their points edge. The two must serve an ad­di­tional 20 sec­onds dur­ing their manda­tory pit stop, while John­ston/adam must serve 15 sec­onds.

Keen said: “In truth the ti­tle isn’t the only thing in our mind as four races ago we didn’t think we’d be in this po­si­tion, so our game plan is to do what we al­ways do – turn up, drive as fast as we can and see what un­folds.

“Jon will get his race-face on and he’ll go for it, and he’s good un­der pres­sure. But there are loads of things that can wrong, and we’ve seen from pre­vi­ous years that the last race can be tur­bu­lent. This cham­pi­onship is ours to lose.”

Parfitt and Mor­ris must win, and their Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal is ex­pected to be strong at Don­ing­ton thanks to its solid bal­ance of aero and power.

“The Bent­ley is the dark horse as it has no suc­cess penalty and it’s very strong around flow­ing tracks like Don­ing­ton,” adds Adam. “It wouldn’t sur­prise me to see it win. Hope­fully we can put the ti­tle be­yond reach.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.