James Walker finished the Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Nurburgring this afternoon in fourth place. After a non-finish in yesterday's race the Jersey driver was pleased to bag some points from his weekend in Germany.
The P1 Motorsport team had a mountain to climb in order to make it to the Nurburgring after a fire destroyed their workshop recently. They clearly didn't lose the knack of preparing racing cars though as during testing on Friday James was the quickest man on the track.
Saturday morning qualifying saw James finish second in his group, earning an easy pass into the Superpole session. Fifth place in Superpole meant that he would start race one on Saturday afternoon in fourth place, right behind Bertrand Baguette on the grid.
At the start James was blocked by the Belgian driver and had to lift off. This allowed Oliver Turvey and Jaime Alguersuari to pass him into turn one, leaving James running in sixth place. This wasn't to be James' race as he later noticed that his engine temperature was starting to rise. It looked like the problem was terminal and just eight laps from the flag the engine finally let go and James retired from the race.
James started today's race from fifth place, running well in the opening stages, before coming in for his mandatory pit stop. After this he was flat out in fourth place, chasing Fairuz Fauzy for third. With his tyres going off in the closing laps he was unable to pass Fauzy and had to settle for fourth.
The result of today's race gives the championship victory to Bertrand Baguette so the race is on for the runner up spot. Although a win was out of reach for James this weekend he was pleased to get back on track after P1's fire and is looking forward to the season finale.
"I was disappointed with yesterday's result but I set myself a target of beating Jaime Alguersuari today and I did that," commented James. "Our race pace was good so I hope we can continue that into the final round and finish the season on a high."
The final chapter of the 2009 World Series by Renault takes place in five weeks' time at the new Motorland Aragon track in northern Spain.