JAMES WALKER ON TOP AGAIN IN BARCELONA
James Walker's blistering testing pace continued this week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The Jersey racer set the fastest time on Monday and Tuesday morning and finished this afternoon's wet session fourth fastest. This sets him up for a strong start to the new World Series by Renault season which gets underway in just over two weeks' time.
On Monday morning James put in a 1:32.5s lap during his new tyre run, eclipsing the times of the other runners. In the afternoon the P1 Motorsport team concentrated on heavy fuel runs to make sure they are ready for the first race, which takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya.
After a few runs on old tyres this morning, James went out on fresh rubber and was again the fastest man on the track with a lap of 1:32.4s. During the lunch break the heavens opened and as the rain got heavier the times got slower. James finished the wet afternoon session in fourth place, but fastest overall for the day, and declared himself very content to have another successful test session behind him.
"I really couldn't have hoped for better preparation for the new season," said James. "We're in good shape, having completed all of our homework, and we can go to the first race with a victory as our target. It feels a bit strange to be disappointed with fourth place this afternoon but that just shows how far we've come in the last few weeks. If we keep doing what we're doing then hopefully we will have a lot to smile about when we come back to Barcelona in a couple of weeks."