WALKER DOWN BUT NOT OUT James Walker had a tough initiation into the world of Superleague Formula at Silverstone this weekend. He showed great pace, taking third place in qualifying and running well in the early stages of both races but ...
WALKER DOWN BUT NOT OUT
James Walker had a tough initiation into the world of Superleague Formula at Silverstone this weekend. He showed great pace, taking third place in qualifying and running well in the early stages of both races but the ultimate results just weren't there for the taking today.
James got all the way through to the semi-finals of the football-style qualifying sessions, earning himself a second row grid spot for the first of today's two main races.
"The conditions were tricky for the first race," said James. "I lost a place during the rolling start but I got it straight back coming out of Copse and was able to hold onto third. The track was still a bit damp so it was slippery on slicks and unfortunately I was caught out by a wet kerb at Club. I spun and was unable to catch it before it stalled and that was the end of race one for me."
The good news though was that James would start the second race from pole position. He got a very good start this time but then didn't get a clean exit out of Becketts which gave second place man Sebastian Bourdais a run on him down to Stowe. James settled into second place, maintaining a good gap back to third but a few laps later he hit a bump while approaching the new Abbey chicane, which spun him around.
"I managed to keep the engine running the second time," he said. "I caught up with the back of the pack but then a few laps later, when I came in for my mandatory pit-stop, something broke. I lost all drive so that was the end of my race."
James was down but definitely not out.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the results today," he said. "There have been many times in my career though where I have had a bad first race and then bounced back. It happened last year at the first World Series round in Barcelona but then we went to Spa and I won. I will have to fight back at Assen. I've not been there before but it's fun to learn new tracks so I'm looking forward to getting stuck in there and getting my Superleague season going."
-source: james walker