SUPERPOLE BUT NOT A SUPER SPA
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium -- 4 May 2008: James Walker's Spa weekend got off to a good start when his performance in qualifying on Saturday morning earned him a slot in the all-new superpole session, guaranteeing the Briton a top 12 grid spot for Saturday's race.
He got away well at the start of race one, from 12th position, and passed a few cars up to the first corner. Unfortunately as James braked for turn one he had a coming together with Robert Wickens and the damage to his front suspension ended his race there and then.
Going out so early in race one impacted on race two for James as he would have to line up in his final finishing position from race one: 26th place. Knowing he had nothing to lose James made a fantastic start and managed to pass a few cars on the first lap and then taking a few more during the race, mainly under braking for the Bus Stop Chicane. The only chance he would have to really make a mark on race two required an appearance by the safety car but it didn't happen today and James had to be content with 16th place at the finish.
"I was glad to see I had the speed to make it into superpole," said James. "Unfortunately I then made a mistake in race one which put me on the back foot for race two also. I guess these things happen when you are right on the limit and that is where I need to be this year. I'm pretty gutted I didn't score points this weekend but I can't wait for Monaco now as I know we can get a good result there."
James will be testing at Pembrey in Wales on 14/15 May in preparation for the next race around the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo on 25 May.