Webb Storms into Euro Max Lead

The 16-year-old Strawberry Racing driver opened his account at the Pista Sette Laghi - or Seven Lakes Circuit - at Castelletto di Branduzzo in Pavia by topping the timesheets in qualifying. This gave him an important advantage on the starting grid for each of his four heatsand the teenager duly capitalized by claiming two wins, a second and fourth place to earn third place for Sundays first final.

Not that it was an easy route to the second row of the grid, due to the challenging conditions, as Harry explains: The weather changed from qualifying to the heats, going from sunny and dry to heavy rain. This meant we struggled with the karts set-up in the first two races but making appropriate changes resulted in me winning the remaining heats.

With his Strawberry Racing team-mate and early points-leader Charlie Eastwood finishing third - and therefore replicating the same finishing positions from the championships opening round at Genk in Belgium a month earlier - Harry knew that nothing less than a win would do, if he was to put himself at the top of the table.

Charlie and I had planned to work together on the track to pull away [from the rest of the field] but unfortunately he collided with another driver and dropped back a few positions, so I knew from then on I had to use my initiative and drive to the best of my ability on my own.

If their earlier finish had been a coincidence, what followed in the second final was uncanny. Webb won an exciting encounter with Eastwood unable to finish higher than eighth - reversing their respective positions from Genk and putting Harry four points in front of Charlie in the title race.

I got a good start from pole position and pulled away from the rest of the field, with Max Verstappen trailing me by two kart-lengths for the whole race. With three laps to go, Max overtook me going into the Hairpin which dropped me down to second, with the third placed driver still quite a way behind. I managed to regain my lead on the following lap at the exact same corner, leaving me with enough breathing space to not have to defend for the final two laps.

Summing up his twin victories and the position they have put him in, Webb said: At the beginning of the weekend I was hoping to return to winning ways and take the lead of the championship. Fortunately, I had better finishes than Charlie, which allowed me to grab more points and take the championship lead.

He added: My hopes for the remaining two rounds of the championship are that I can continue to the same standard that Im currently at, and aim for more wins.

Harry returns to domestic competition on 15/16 June, when he will go for glory at the picturesque Glan Y Gors circuit in North Wales. He currently lies 3rd overall in the UKs Super One series.