ALBERT WEBSTER WRAPS UP NEAR PERFECT WEEKEND

Albert Webster wrapped up a near perfect weekend in the JCW Sport class with a fourth Vertu MINI CHALLENGE win in the final race of the weekend at Snetterton.

Having scored three wins from three going into the weekend finale, and with two fastest laps under his belt, Webster was hoping to gain further ground in the standings as he continues to battle back from his dramatic accident at Donington Park – which would go on to then rule him out of the Brands Hatch weekend.

From pole, Webster was able to head the JCW Sport pack into turn one for the first time, and quickly managed to get in amongst the tail end of the JCW field – moving ahead of a slick shod Marlo Cordell as well as former Cooper champion Matt Hammond.

As in the earlier Sunday race, the Invitational entry of Roan Lundy provided the closest challenge in the early stages although he was unable to stick onto the tail of the leader as Webster edged clear.

When Lundy then took a trip off track and slipped down the order, it left Webster comfortable at the front and he was able to ease off over the closing laps as he wrapped up victory.

“What a result, I can’t believe it,” he said. “It’s been an outrageous weekend for me but Roan has really kept me honest – he’s been unbelievable when you consider he’s not driven the car before.

“Coming here, I was obviously on the back foot, but I still feel I can win the championship and all I can do is go out there and try and win every race and score the maximum points possible.”

Lundy’s moment allowed Dylan Hotchin to come through and take second spot after another solid run for the JamSport Racing man, despite him admitting that all hadn’t been perfect with his car.

Like the pair ahead, Hotchin was able to dice with the tail end of the JCW field as the race wore on and he ends the weekend having extended his lead in the standings to 33 points once dropped scores are taken into account.

“I was taking it steady this weekend as we had some fuelling problems that affected the car,” he said. “I just wanted to keep going and score the points, but its been difficult with the changing weather to know which way to go with the tyres.

“In that last race in particular, half the track was slicks and half was wets – it was a bit of a nightmare.”

Lundy would end up third on the road but the battle for the final step on the podium would rage throughout between Cameron Richardson, Ben Crossley and Chris MacKenzie.

MacKenzie led the trio in the early stages of the race before he was overhauled by Richardson going through turn one on the fifth lap, with Crossley then following him through a lap later when he got a run up the start/finish straight and was able to edge ahead.

Crossley then set about trying to get ahead of Richardson and chased down the NAPA Racing car but Richardson held on to grab the final place on the podium by less then four-tenths of a second, with MacKenzie completing the finishers.