Webb takes time out to show his expertise in Silverstone pick-up races
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Harry Webb followed up his SsangYong Challenge victory at Snetterton with a second success at Silverstone after a masterly drive through the field.
The Topcroft racer was taking time out of his British F4 Championship assault to contest round two of the pick-up series, but could only qualify in fifth place for the opening race, due to engine related problems.
Webb held his starting position on the opening lap before moving up to fourth and then clamed third place on the fifth tour while he took advantage of the top two clashing on the ninth lap to take a lead which he held to the finish line.
'It was great to win' said Webb. 'The competition from Matt Kelly and Lewis Grant kept me focussed.'
Victory gave Webb pole position for the second race, but such is the closeness of the series that the local racer was unable to shake off the close attentions of Kelly, who had followed Webb across the finishing line in race one, and lost the lead to his rival mid-race and was unable to reclaim the position.
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Webb had to start race three from sixth place, in the reversed grid event, but sadly went backwards, with a reccurrence of his earlier engine issues before retiring out of the race in 10th place.
'It was very disappointing to be forced to stop with the lack of power,' he said.
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'However, I am still happy with my day – a first and a second are great results.'
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'A great performance and plenty left in the tank and plenty to work on for the race week,' concluded Brundle of his exploits.
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Brundle is trying to emulate his father Martin and become a Le Mans winner and has a proven package in the ORECA 07 Nissan, tended by the crack Jota Sport team, which has the potential to take victory in the LMP2 category.