TEAM NEWS: Final race heartbreak for Harry Webb and Richardson Racing

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3 OCTOBER, 2017 – Harry Webb endured a heart-breaking end to his F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford campaign at Brands Hatch after missing out on the Challenge Cup title in the 30th and final race of the season.

The Norfolk racer went into the weekend level on points in the race for the championship crown and aware that he had to beat chief rival Hampus Ericsson across the three races due to the Swede’s superior win record.

Harry qualified 18th on the grid for the opening race, leaving him with work to do in his bid for the Challenge Cup, with Ericsson lining up inside the top ten.

Moving up into third in class on the opening lap, the Richardson Racing ace then moved ahead of Ericsson when he ran off track on the third lap, with the pair running together for the remainder of the race.

Despite Ericsson’s best efforts, Harry kept his rival at bay to take eleventh overall and second in class; enabling him to move ahead in the race for the title.

An accident early in the second race forced officials to halt proceedings, with Harry then lining up 13th overall and fourth in class for the restart.

Holding position on the opening lap, Harry saw his chance to extend his points advantage on lap two, fighting ahead of Ericsson into third and then passing Lucca Allen for second in class.

Pulling away from the pair behind, Harry again finished second amongst the Challenge Cup drivers and matched his overall result from race to go nine points clear in the standings ahead of the finale.

Starting from 16th on the grid for the final race, Harry was aware of the need to fight his way forwards in order to maintain his advantage in the points, and he rocketed away from the line when the lights went out.

Sadly for Harry however, he was squeezed towards the pitwall by rival Jamie Sharp and was powerless to avoid contact with fellow Challenge Cup racer Allen – with the damage to the car forcing him to return to the pits.

Despite the best efforts of the team, it soon became apparent that the damage couldn’t be repaired, leaving Harry with his only retirement of the season.

With Ericsson picking up the points needed to overhaul him in the points, it means Harry ends the year as the Challenge Cup vice-champion with an impressive record of four wins and 20 podiums, and eleventh in the overall championship standings.

“I think we did all that we could have done this weekend, but sadly it wasn’t enough,” he said. “I was on the back foot after qualifying but in the first two races, I really pushed hard to get ahead of Hampus and build a lead to take into the final race.

“What happened at the start was completely out of my hands and I don’t know what else I could have done. I made a good start when the lights went out and was alongside Sharp and he just kept on coming over; I had nowhere to go.

“Of course it’s disappointing to get so close to the title and then have our chance to win it taken away like that, but overall I’m pleased with the way the season has gone.

“I can’t thank the team enough for giving me the opportunity and I wouldn’t have been on the grid without their support. It’s just a shame that I couldn’t bring them the title at the end of it.”