WALKER PREPARING FOR THE FINAL PUSH
James Walker leaves Jersey this week to head to Spain for the final two races of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 season. The World Series by Renault is running at the brand new Motorland Aragon track this weekend but one of James' strengths is learning new tracks so he's looking forward to the challenge.
"It will be good to get back in the car as the Nurburgring weekend seems like a long time ago now," said James. "I've had a look at the Motorland track in the simulator as I found it really useful to do that before we went to Portimao for the first time. I think you have to do everything you can to give yourself the best possible chance, especially as there is a big fight for the runner-up spot this year."
Second place in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship is indeed hotly-contested. Charles Pic got past James at the last round, pushing him into third, and F1 rookie Jaime Alguersuari is sneaking up behind the Jerseyman now.
"I won't be happy if I don't get the runner-up spot this year," commented James. "It was bad enough conceding the championship. We know we are quick. We have been quick all year. I really want to end the year on a high, especially for P1 Motorsport who have done an astounding job for me this season."
Since the last race James has been flat chat, working on his plans for 2010. The higher up the ladder you go in motorsport the harder it gets but James does love a challenge.
"I've been spending a lot of time in Jersey with my manager working on proposals for next year," he said. "I have been approached by a Formula One team that is interested in me becoming its third driver in 2010. It's up to me now to make this work commercially and that is why I have been in Jersey, trying to drum up support from all the local businesses. It was great to see Jenson (Button) become F1 World Champion last night and I'm doing everything I can to try to follow in his footsteps."
James will take to the track in Spain on Friday morning for the first practice session. Qualifying takes place on Saturday morning, with race one live on Eurosport at 1400hrs (UK time). Race two is on Sunday and you can catch the highlights on Eurosport at 2200hrs.