WALKER SIGNS OFF WITH SPEED
James Walker signed-off his 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 campaign with a hard-fought ninth place finish in today's race at the new Motorland Aragon track. A race that he had to start from 18th place on the grid. The Jersey driver took the fastest lap of the race, showing the same blistering pace he has demonstrated throughout the season.
James' weekend started well and he showed his usual form by clocking the fastest lap time in his qualifying group. Going into the Superpole session James was confident of a good result but he was unable to hook up the perfect lap and had to settle for ninth place. The first race was going to be tough but a good position would give him a better grid slot for race two on Sunday.
James got away well at the start of race one on Saturday and was running well in ninth at the halfway mark. It all got tricky a few laps later though when Moreau made an ambitious move, outbraked himself and pushed James off into the run-off area. James quickly recovered but after being pushed to the back of the field the highest place he could take was 18th at the chequered flag.
"I'm very disappointed with that," said James. "If I had managed to get all my sectors together in Superpole then I think I would be in a very different position now. On the plus side though this new circuit is great. There are some very challenging, almost flat corners so it is great fun to drive here."
Starting from 18th in race two was always going to be a tall order but the Jersey racer went for it from the start putting in a fantastic performance.
"What can you do from 18th other than get your head down and go for it," said James. "I had a lot of fun out there today and managed to get all the way up to ninth and take fastest lap along the way. I know it hasn't been the perfect weekend but it cam good in the end. I will now head home and continue the hard work we have been doing to put together my race programme for 2010. Its all systems go from here!"