Good news for UK fans, as British rider Danny Webb wins the 2018 International Road Racing Championship with one round to spare. The 27-year-old from Tunbridge Wells in Kent has taken maximum points at every one of the 10 races so far. That means he can’t be overhauled at the final round in Frohburg, Germany.
Webb has either won or finished second in every race, with only the occasional wildcard rider ever reaching the top step of the podium ahead of him. That’s given him maximum points from the five rounds of the championship so far. Riding for the Wepol Racing by Penz13 team, he heads a dominant field of BMW riders in the series, with all of the top 6 mounted on the BMW S1000RR.
The penultimate round in Hořice, Czech Republic underlined the success of the BMW riders. In the first of two races, Webb was able to build a small lead after battling with fellow BMW rider Dider Grams before the race was red-flagged on lap eight. The result saw Webb’s Wepol Racing team-mate Marek Cerveny take third, and another BMW rider, Erno Kostamo, in fourth.
And the seond race was largely a repeat, with the top four finishing in the same order. This time Webb, Grams, Cerveny and Kostamo were followed home by another BMW rider, Jamie Coward, in fifth. Those are also the riders in the top 6 of the championship, with the addition of David Datzer on another BMW. It’s close for second and third in the title race between Grams, Kostamo and Cerveny.
Danny Webb: “What an incredible day! Two wins, a new lap record, 2018 International Road Racing Champion – and the first Brit to win this title. I’d like to thank the whole Wepol Racing by Penz13 team and all the sponsors. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Webb originally became known as a 125cc Grand Prix and Moto3 rider for five years, with a best championship finish of 10th on an Aprilia in 2010. Having ridden in the World Supersport, British Supersport and British Superstock championships, he’s now the first British rider to ever win the International Road Racing Championship. He also raced at the Isle of Man TT this year, finishing 21st in both the Superbike and Superstock TTs.