JAMES WALKER'S ESTORIL REPORT Estoril, Portugal: The Portuguese leg of the 2008 World Series by Renault looked set to be a great weekend for Jersey's James Walker but after being taken out in race one he had to fight from the back in...
JAMES WALKER'S ESTORIL REPORT
Estoril, Portugal: The Portuguese leg of the 2008 World Series by Renault looked set to be a great weekend for Jersey's James Walker but after being taken out in race one he had to fight from the back in race two, having to settle for 14th place at a circuit where he is fast.
The pre-race test sessions went well for James as he and the Fortec team continue to find more time in the World Series car. Although faster than his team-mate in qualifying, James missed out on Superpole by just a tenth of a second so started race one from 17th place on the grid.
When the race got underway James found himself stuck behind his team-mate in a long queue of traffic. As James continued to look for opportunities to pass Fairuz (Fauzy), the Epsilon car behind him took a dive up the inside and took James off on lap 18, finishing the Jerseyman's race.
The result of race one meant that James had to start the second race from the back row, in 24th place. He got a typically good start and set off overtaking many of the cars running in front. He was pushing so hard he had a full 360 degree spin at one point but quickly gathered it up and set off again. After lots of good racing he came home in 14th place.
"Results-wise I'm pretty disappointed after the promise we showed at Le Mans," said James. "We only just missed out on Superpole but I was pleased to be quicker than my team-mate. The racing is very hard and very close at Estoril and I was glad to be consistently quick. We are still improving and we hope to carry that through to Barcelona."
The Barcelona race is in just three weeks time at the Circuit de Catalunya, the home of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.