JAMES WALKER HEADING FOR P1 IN 2009
Autosport International, NEC Birmingham, UK -- 9 January 2009: James Walker will contest the 2009 World Series by Renault with P1 Motorsport, it was announced today. The 25 year-old British racer is stepping into the team that produced 2008 Driver's Champion, Giedo van der Garde, which provides James with even more motivation to go all the way in 2009.
"This is going to be the most important year in my racing career so far," said James. "Opportunities like this don't come along very often and I intend to make the most of racing for someone as experienced as Roly Vincini."
Roly Vincini is the founder and team principal of P1 Motorsport. He is known as a hard, but fair, task master who always gets the best out of his drivers.
"Roly works his drivers hard and that is exactly what I want," continued James. "He pushes all the way to the finish and that is what you have to do to win at this level. I really can't wait for March to come now so I can get stuck into pre-season testing. This is going to be a great year!"
"The reason we chose James is that we all like him and we think he'll do well," said Vincini. "He is more than capable of winning races but, for one reason or another, the regular results haven't been there. His driving ability is not in any doubt and every time he has driven with us he has been quickest or in the top three. We think we can get a lot more out of James Walker."
Pre-season testing begins at Jerez on 10 March, before moving onto Valencia and Barcelona. James has some busy times ahead of him as he prepares for the first race of the new season which gets going in Barcelona on 18 April.