Profile of The Round -- Jonathon Webb One of the real quiet achievers in the 2004 Carrera Cup is 20-year-old Sydney driver Jonathon Webb who improved with every race at the previous round in Winton to finish seventh overall. Webb, who has ...
Profile of The Round -- Jonathon Webb
One of the real quiet achievers in the 2004 Carrera Cup is 20-year-old Sydney driver Jonathon Webb who improved with every race at the previous round in Winton to finish seventh overall.
Webb, who has progressed through the Porsche ranks since beginning his motor racing career in 2001, currently sits 10th in the 2004 championship -- a fantastic feat considering he has had to miss two of the six rounds so far.
The tallest driver in the Carrera Cup field began the 2004 season at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix with a highest race placing of ninth.
Then the Tekno Autosports-backed driver's official season began at Eastern Creek, after missing round one in Adelaide. In the torrential conditions on the Sunday of racing, Webb capped off a volatile weekend with a fourth place finish in race three.
This led to a very consistent weekend in Hidden Valley in the Northern Territory with two fourth placings and a fifth placing, giving Webb an overall round result of fourth. This would be his best round finish to date in 2004.
An 11th at Queensland Raceway and seventh in Winton, has helped Webb climb into the top 10 for the first time this year. He is still capable of a top five finish, sitting 81 points behind James Cressey in fifth with three rounds to go.
Next stop for Webb and his 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is Sandown from September 10 to 12, a happy hunting ground for one of the 'young guns' of Carrera Cup racing.
Last year, Webb had his first podium finish in the Carrera Cup at Sandown, accruing enough points for second place for the round behind Jim Richards, and ahead of rivals Peter Fitzgerald, Marcus Marshall, Kevin Bell and Tim Leahey.
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Jonathon Webb's weekend started well in the icy cold conditions of Winton Raceway in Northern Victoria, clocking the sixth fastest lap time in practice. His best time of 1:26.1976 was just seven-tenths of a second slower than the leading time set by Fabian Coulthard.
Following qualifying on the Saturday morning, Webb started from eighth on the grid for race one over 12 laps of the 3km circuit. For most of the wet race, Webb was engaged in a great tussle with another Carrera Cup 'young gun' in Klark Quinn, with Quinn managing to hang on for seventh at the finish, less than a second ahead of Webb.
In race two on another soggy Sunday morning, Webb got a great start and quickly moved into sixth place -- ahead of both Quinn and Charlie O'Brien who started ahead of him on the grid. Over the shorter 10 lap race, Webb was involved in another close duel, this time with Peter Fitzgerald, but could not edge past him at the finish. Webb placed sixth, less than three-tenths of a second behind Fitzgerald.
Then in race three on a 'dry' track, Webb managed to hold position the entire 12-lap race to post a fifth place finish, with Matt Halliday spinning out on the second last lap when ahead of Webb. The 20-year-old was one of only six drivers to clock a flying lap under 1:27 in race three.
His seventh place round finish has reignited his 2004 campaign, with Sandown the next mission in five weeks time.
Q & A WITH JONATHON WEBB
How did you get involved in motor racing?
Dad (Steve Webb) was running a Porsche GT3 in Nations Cup for a few years. Then I did a few test drives at Oran Park and Queensland Raceway in 2001, and did OK and it all went from there.
What was your first race?
Amazingly enough it was at the Australian Grand Prix in 2002 in the Nations Cup. I think I finished third or fourth in Class B.
And first race car?
Who is your racing hero?
I've never really been one to get behind any one person in particular.
What is your favourite circuit or race?
The Australian Grand Prix for its atmosphere and track.
What is your most memorable racing moment?
Oran Park last year when I destroyed one car on Friday, jumped in a spare car, qualified eighth, set a lap record along the way and won the weekend.
Describe your first ever job?
Motor mechanic -- I completed my four year apprenticeship with our former Team Manager Mike Newton last year.
What are your superstitions or routines before a race?
Don't have any.
Who is your biggest racing rivalry with?
We all get on too well for me to have a rivalry yet.
What is something few people know about you?
I have nothing to tell yet but hopefully big things to come.