Hungaroring: James Walker race one report

Walker flies in the sweltering heat of the Hungaroring Budapest, Hungary -- 14 July 2007: Jersey's James Walker kept his cool in the sweltering heat, recording a superb third fastest race lap, on his way to finishing the first of this ...

Walker flies in the sweltering heat of the Hungaroring

Budapest, Hungary -- 14 July 2007: Jersey's James Walker kept his cool in the sweltering heat, recording a superb third fastest race lap, on his way to finishing the first of this weekend's two World Series by Renault races in 13th position today. His placing didn't reflect his performance as he put on a great show, taking fastest lap twice, but ultimately lost places with a technical problem.

From his 15th place on the grid, James made an excellent start, running through the middle of the pack and avoiding all the drama. He came around at the end of lap one in 10th place, ahead of Parente, Aleshin and BMW F1 driver, Vettel. A lap later the safety car came out so James was secure in 10th for a few laps. Unfortunately just before the green flag was waved the technical gremlins struck and James' car slipped into neutral, leaving him coasting as the field flashed by. After a few nerve-wracking moments, James managed to get the car's fly-by-wire system to select second gear and he was off again. Normally he would be able to regain the positions lost as the field was still under caution but just at that moment the safety car pealed off and the race was back on, leaving James with a lot of work to do.

At the restart James was in 25th place but he got his head down and put in the fastest lap twice, one of which remained the third fastest lap of the entire race. After pitting for new front tyres, in a very smooth pit-stop, James rejoined the race in 14th and continued his attack. He got up to 13th before the safety car came out again. The race then didn't go green until two laps before the chequered flag so James held position and brought his car home safely, ready for a 13th place start on the grid for race two tomorrow.

"I got a really good start," said James. "I tried to go down the outside along the straight but I got blocked so I went down the middle and managed to avoid the melee in turns one, two and four. Once the safety car came out I was working to keep my temperatures up ready for the restart but then the car just jumped out of car and left me coasting for over 20 seconds. Once I'd recovered the car felt great and I was able to push hard, taking the fastest laps, before I came in for my pit-stop. The team did me proud with a very smooth stop and after that I kept it neat so I would have a good position for the start of tomorrow's race. All in all it was a positive race for us and, performance-wise, the best of the season so far. I'm really looking forward to continuing this pace tomorrow."

-credit: www.jwalkermotorsport.com

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers James Walker