WALKER SCORES IN SPAIN! Jerez, Spain - 23 November 2008: James Walker has won the final Superleague Formula race of the season after a fantastic drive in the second of today's two races at Jerez in Spain. Racing for Borussia Dortmund, the ...
WALKER SCORES IN SPAIN!
Jerez, Spain - 23 November 2008: James Walker has won the final Superleague Formula race of the season after a fantastic drive in the second of today's two races at Jerez in Spain. Racing for Borussia Dortmund, the Jersey driver stormed to victory despite missing all of the practice and qualifying sessions while he waited for his car to be prepared.
James had to start race one from the pitlane as his car's steering column came loose on the way to the grid. Fast repairs soon got him underway and he set off in pursuit of the field, achieving a commendable 14th placed finish, using race one as an opportunity to learn the Jerez track as he has never raced there before.
Race two was an entirely different story. Starting from third, James lost a place at the start and then another to ex-F1 driver, Antonio Pizzonia, but he settled into his run and held onto fifth place. James pitted early and got back out onto a clear track so he was able to do what he did at the last World Series race in Barcelona: bang in some fast lap times and jump the guys ahead of him as they pitted!
After the pit stops James was up to second place, working hard to close the 10-second gap to the race leader, Alessandro Pier Guidi in the Galataseray car. He pulled the gap right back to zero then, as he went for his 'push-to-pass' button to go for the lead on the back straight, the Galataseray driver spun and James sailed into first place.
He came under a bit of pressure from Pizzonia but kept his head and finished the race comfortably, taking a fantastic victory to finish his 2008 racing season.
"First of all I want to thank Zakspeed for giving me the opportunity to race today," said a delighted James. "When you consider that this time yesterday we weren't racing at all, to come away with a win is incredible. I am especially delighted as I have never even been to Jerez before. This win consolidates all the hard work we have done this year and it shows that my improved performance in the latter half of the World Series was the real deal. Hopefully this result will encourage people to get behind me for 2009 now. I know I can do it so let's hope I can get the support I need to win again in 2009."
On a personal note, James went on to dedicate today's win to his friend, Alex De Gruchy, who sadly died last week.
James will be back on track soon, testing in preparation for the 2009 season.