JAMES WALKER TOPS THE TIMESHEETS IN VALENCIA
James Walker has upped the ante again with some blistering lap times during Formula Renault 3.5 testing in Valencia this weekend. After a good test in Jerez last week, the Jersey racer has stepped up another gear in Valencia and topped the timesheets on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
After working on car set-up on Saturday morning, the P1 Motorsport team bolted a new set of rubber onto James' car just before the lunch break. He duly went out and set the fastest time of the morning with a 1m22.8s lap. The plan for the afternoon was to conserve tyres and run through the test plan and, even on old tyres, James was running P2 or P3 for much of the session, and finished the day third overall.
This morning James went out on old tyres but it soon became apparent that the conditions were right for a fast lap time so he pitted for rubber and immediately went P1 with a lap of 1m22.0s, a time that no-one could beat. This afternoon's session saw James complete a couple of runs on heavy fuel before the team packed up for the day having completed the job list.
"It's always good to be P1," said James. "We had fastest time during both mornings and I'm especially pleased as Valencia is not one of my favourite tracks. I've really enjoyed these last two tests; the car is fantastic to drive and we have been able to fully focus on what we need to do to enable us to come out fighting in Barcelona. It's not going to be easy as it is very tight at the top but we plan to keep on pushing all the way."
The final pre-season test takes place on 29-31 March at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the circuit that will host the first race of the year in just five weeks' time.