SEVENTH PLACE IN BARCELONA
Barcelona, Spain: James Walker finished the first of the Spanish World Series by Renault races in seventh place yesterday, nursing his car to the flag with a damaged front wing and flat spotted tyre.
James' weekend got off to a cracking start when he qualified third in his group in wet conditions. He comfortably qualified for Superpole but the session was ultimately abandoned when the weather took a turn for the worse.
He started race one from fourth on the grid which unluckily was on the damp side of the track which made starting on slicks a little tricky. James got away in eighth and was running well before the safety car came out on lap one, quickly bunching up the field. At the restart one of the lead cars had a puncture so the cars didn't all get away at the usual speed. As everyone closed up again James was unable to avoid tagging the man in front and damaged his front wing.
Once the race was back underway James' pace was good but halfway through the leaders clashed on the main straight and the safety car came out again. James did well to avoid all the dramas and finished the race in seventh position.
The final race of the 2008 World Series by Renaults gets underway later today. James will start the race from fifth place on the grid so have a very good chance to round off the season in style.