Webster Delighted To Be Named Part Of Team UK For 2012
Josh Webster is thrilled to be named as one of the MSA's (Motor Sports Association) Team UK for 2012 - an elite group of seven circuit racers who will be mentored by National Race Coach, Le Mans 24 Hours winner and former Formula One driver David Brabham.Revealed at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Friday afternoon, 13th January, the 2012 Team UK line-up features the most talented young circuit racers and rally drivers Britain has to offer. At just 17-years-of-age, Josh is the youngest of the group - recognition of the excellent progress he's made in only two years of car racing. Graduating from a glittering karting career at the beginning of 2010 in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, Josh went on to be named the Racing Steps Foundation MSA Young Driver of the Year at the end of 2011.Stepping up to the massively competitive Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 UK category during the six-round 'Finals Series' in November, Josh more than made his mark on his way to a tremendous third overall in the championship - beating an experienced field of 30 other drivers, including top entries from across Europe.Speaking on his Team UK inclusion, Josh commented: "I am honoured to be included in the 2012 Team UK squad and I look forward to the first training workshops. I'll make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn under the expert guidance of National Race Coach David Brabham and Performance Director Robert Reid. I know it will be hard work, but I'm grateful for my place in the team and will work hard to justify my selection."Away from the track, Josh studies A-Levels and also recently graduated from the MSA Academy's Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence. With the announcement of his place in Team UK, the teenager becomes the first driver from the AASE to be invited into the MSA's national squad.Operated on behalf of the MSA by the Brabham Performance Clinic, the Team UK programme is designed to give the drivers placed on the scheme each year the very best in driver coaching, fitness and nutritional guidance. In addition, advanced sports psychology techniques are utilised to ensure each driver has the best possible approach to their racing.As a member of Team UK, Josh will benefit from exclusive visits to the headquarters of teams from the world of Formula One. Furthermore, he will also supplement his current training regime with access to some of the most sophisticated simulator equipment available.Representing the governing body of British motorsport on the MSA stand at the Autosport show last weekend in Birmingham, Josh now hopes his invitation into Team UK will assist his attempts to secure the additional budget to compete in the full Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship this year. Current sponsors Nine Telecom Group and Admiral Managed Networks are continuing as Josh's valued partners, but the step up to the high-profile national championship means the Suffolk racer is seeking further partners to secure the full funding for 2012.