Nurburgring, Germany -- 6 May 2007: James Walker may not have got the final results he wanted in Germany this weekend but he has shown he has the pace to do well in the competitive World Series by Renault.
The Jersey racer was in the top ten during free practice on Friday and when it came to qualifying he took eighth place in his group that meant he would line up on the eighth row of the grid for race one on Saturday afternoon. After not being able to qualify at Monza due to technical troubles it was good to have a proper grid spot.
When race one got underway, James got off to a fantastic start and fought his way up into the top ten by the end of the first lap. He had his first ever pit stop to do in race one as he has come into the World Series by Renault from Formula 3 where they don't do pit stops. The practice he and the team had done paid off handsomely and he kept his tenth position after a flawless stop.
Unfortunately in the second part of the race James was taken off by (Julien) Jousse who made a rather ambitious move on the Jerseyman. With the system of taking race two grid positions from race one results this was a blow for James as it meant he would start race two from 24th place through no fault of his own.
At the start of race two James got through the lap one dramas that saw his race one nemesis Jousse retire. He was soon up to 20th but then found he was stuck in a convoy behind (Giedo) Van der Garde. On lap 15 he squeezed past him and also passed (Pippa) Mann with five laps to go to take 18th place.
"Clearly I'm not happy with the end results," said James. "But I can take heart from the fact that we had good pace this weekend, in all of the sessions, so we are making proper progress now. All I could do in the race from 24th is chip away at the positions. We didn't have the luck this weekend but that will come and when it does we'll be up there at the sharp end!"
The next race in the World Series by Renault is in three weeks' time around the mean streets of Monte Carlo, a daunting prospect for any racing driver, but a challenge that James is going to relish.