Josh Webster took advantage of Harry King clipping the tyres and ripping off his front splitter as he stormed to victory in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup GB race at Donington Park.
Starting on pole, Team Parker Racing’s King made the perfect getaway and opened up a handy advantage going down the Craner Curves as team-mate Webster quickly got around front-row starter Esmee Hawkey to assume second-place.
The gap remained around a second for the first half of the 23-lap encounter until King – reigning Ginetta GT4 SuperCup champion – took too much road going on the inside of the chicane and clipped the tyre bale. The damage pulled off the inside of the front-right wheel well and damaged the front splitter.
For a time, he remained ahead of Webster but the effects of the lack of splitter was clear to see as the Porsche Scholar locked up into all of the major braking zones. With the knowledge that his team-mate was compromised, Webster made easy work of moving into the lead braking up the inside of King going into the chicane.
King crossed the line in second, just a second behind Webster, and was helped in retaining his runner-up spot by Hawkey – in a third Team Parker car – putting on a defensive masterclass to fend off the charge of Scott McKenna in the Redline Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
McKenna couldn’t force his way through to a rookie podium, with Hawkey doing enough to hold on for an overall podium in addition to her ProAm Class victory despite being blocked by Brookspeed’s Aaron Mason – who had earlier made a trip through the Old Hairpin gravel trap.
That same traffic gave JTR’s Lorcan Hanafin a sniff of being able to snatch away at least fourth, but couldn’t quite get the move done as he finished in fifth – just 0.102s behind.
Matty Graham finished a lonely sixth in the second Redline entry, with Ross Wylie – the driver of the race – taking seventh. The Scot was forced to start from the back of the grid with a 10s time delay after a technical breach in qualifying and the penalty appeared to fire him up as he powered his way up from 21st to claim a pair of points.
Sam Macleod took a point for P8 as he fended off pressure from Dorian Mansilla on the final lap. Mark Kimber rounded out the top 10 for Brookspeed with John Ferguson taking the Am class win in 11th overall.