TEAM NEWS: Harry Webb secures Ford F4 Challenge Cup lead at Knockhill

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15 AUGUST, 2018 – Harry Webb moved himself into pole position in the race for the Challenge Cup title as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost headed for Knockhill for the seventh meeting of the season.

Harry went into the weekend keen to try and overhaul Oliver York at the top of the standings in his first outing since Croft prior to the summer break, with the previous meeting at Snetterton having not been part of his season schedule.

The Richardson Racing driver qualified 13th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend with Harry producing a solid drive in his first outing for some eight weeks to cross the line in eleventh spot as third best of the Challenge Cup drivers.

The second race of the weekend was the rescheduled twelfth round of the campaign from Oulton Park, with Harry starting from ninth place on the grid.

Making up two places on the opening lap, the 20-year-old battled his way towards the podium positions to lie fourth, but contact from Challenge Cup rival York at the Hairpin on lap 19 damaged the front wing.

Losing pace as a result, Harry was forced to defend as best he could during the closing laps before crossing the line in seventh overall, and second best of the Challenge Cup racers.

Race three on Sunday morning saw Harry once again show his overtaking prowess as he produced another impressive drive from eleventh on the grid.

Battling his way through the field, Harry would be involved in one of the most dramatic moments of the race as he went three wide with points leader Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri en-route to a strong seventh place finish – adding another Challenge Cup podium to his name in the process.

Carrying ITV4’s live camera onboard for the final race of the weekend, Harry once again brought his car to the finish inside the top eight overall and secured his fourth Challenge Cup win of the campaign.

It means that he now leads the way in the Challenge Cup standings with three rounds of the season still to run.

Having competed in six of the required seven meetings, Harry’s next appearance in the championship will be on Finals Day at Brands Hatch at the end of September.

“I’m happy overall with how the weekend has gone,” he said. “Red flags in qualifying caught us out a bit and meant we didn’t qualify as high as we could have done, but when you consider I hadn’t been in the car since Croft and was a little rusty compared to everyone else, we came back well in the races.

“There is some frustration at the contact in the rescheduled race from Oulton Park because we were on for a really good result in that one, but we’ve moved up a place in the overall championship standings and have got into the lead of the Challenge Cup which was the main aim going into the weekend.

“We’ve had our fair share of misfortune this year and as a single car team against people running three or four cars, I think we’ve done a very good job and we’ve got ourselves into a good position going into the final round.

“Obviously I can’t control what the guys who will be racing at Rockingham and Silverstone do so we’ll need to see what the position is when we get to Brands Hatch but I’ve done what I can and that final round can’t come soon enough!”