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23 MAY, 2017 – Harry Webb enjoyed his most competitive weekend to date as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Oulton Park for the fourth meeting of the year.
Webb and his Corby-based Richardson Racing team made the journey to Cheshire looking to rebound from a challenging weekend at Thruxton.
Webb headed into the weekend in optimistic mood, and despite the fact he was visiting Oulton Park for the first time, he produced a strong performance in qualifying to snare ninth on the grid as the quickest of the Challenge Cup entrants.
The arrival of rain ahead of race one only added to the challenge, but it was one that Harry would grab with both hands as he made up two places at the start and then became embroiled in a race long fight for sixth place with championship contender Oscar Piastri.
Despite his best efforts, Webb was unable to find a way ahead and settled for seventh spot – taking his first victory amongst the Ford F4 Challenge Cup drivers at the same time.
Just missing out on the reverse grid for race two, Webb again made a fine start and was soon battling hard for position in the top five before a heavy accident for championship leader Jamie Caroline at turn one saw the race red-flagged.
With the decision taken to call the result, Webb matched his best overall finish of fourth place and secured Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours for the second time in the weekend to close the gap to points leader Oliver York.
Webb ended the weekend sitting tenth in the overall championship standings.
“I’m really happy with the weekend,” he said. “The aim coming here was to try and score some good points and pick up some strong finishes, and that’s exactly what we managed to do. The team has given me a great car again and we were able to show more of our potential.
“Considering I hadn’t been to Oulton Park before, it was great that we were able to produce a strong performance in both the wet and the dry. To get my first win in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup was great, and to then add a second and finish inside the top four overall in race two just made things better.
“We stayed out of trouble and have scored some good points, and I’m confident that we can build on these results and push for the overall podium positions next time out.”
Schedule delays during Saturday mean that Round 12 of the British F4 season will now provisionally be run at Knockhill later in the year.