James Walker: Promising test in Spain
James Walker completed a successful day of testing with 2004 Championship-winning World Series team, Pons Racing, in Valencia yesterday. This is the third team the Jersey driver has tested for in recent weeks as his evaluates his options for 2007.
Having not driven at Valencia before, the team sent James out on a few runs on old tyres to learn the track and gradually get up to speed. They then bolted on new rubber so James could set a time before the lunch break. His new tyre run produced a time 1.4 seconds faster than his previous runs, just six-tenths off the pace and good enough for sixth fastest of the morning session.
During his first run this afternoon James realised there was a problem with the car's gearbox; a problem that necessitated a 1½ hour stop in the garage. Running then continued through the afternoon before James went out again on fresh rubber. Again he showed an improved pace but on his second flying lap, the session was red-flagged so his true time didn't come out. Nevertheless James was pleased with the test and enjoyed having the opportunity to get more mileage in a World Series by Renault car.
"We had a productive day, notwithstanding the gearbox problem," said James. "Having tested three cars now I have got a great feel for this series and to be sixth quickest in only my second full day in a WSR car is very encouraging. It's definitely where I want to be next year. We're going to go away now and look at the options available to us but I'm fired up for 2007 now!"