Daytona24: James Walker race report

EARLY EXIT FOR JAMES WALKER AT DAYTONA Daytona, Florida, USA - 31 January 2010 - James Walker discovered one of the agonies of endurance racing last night when the No.64 JLowe Racing Porsche was forced to retire from the Daytona 24 Hour race ...

EARLY EXIT FOR JAMES WALKER AT DAYTONA

Daytona, Florida, USA - 31 January 2010 - James Walker discovered one of the agonies of endurance racing last night when the No.64 JLowe Racing Porsche was forced to retire from the Daytona 24 Hour race after just four hours.

James enjoyed the time he had on track during the practice sessions and was itching to get into his first 24 hour race. Team-mate Eric Lux had qualified the Porsche in 17th place, right in the middle of a massive grid of GT cars. The race began under caution due to heavy rain but after a few tentative laps the race was on.

Lux did a great job, hustling the Porsche right up into the top six before he handed it over to Tim Sugden, who also had a good run, maintaining position throughout his stint.

The third driver to go was James and he jumped in as soon as Sugden returned to the pits. Everything was looking good: James was immediately on the pace and settling in for a long run.

Unfortunately just a few laps into James' stint the Porsche's engine let go without any warning. All the Jersey racer could do was nurse the car back to the pits where quick checks by the team confirmed the problem was terminal.

"The entire JLowe Racing Team put in so much effort that it's a real shame we couldn't get a result," said James. "The car felt great in the build-up and I could tell even after a few laps that we had a car that could have fought for the win. It's always tough when a race doesn't go your way but there was nothing we could have done to prevent the engine problem from happening. Despite this I've really enjoyed my first taste of endurance racing. Now I'm heading back to the UK to start training again and preparing for the 2010 season. We are in the middle of putting a deal together for this year so watch this space!"

-source: james walker PR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tim Sugden , James Walker , Eric Lux