Catalunya: James Walker preview

JAMES WALKER READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE The 2009 World Series by Renault roars into action next weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. After running at the front of the pre-season test sessions, James Walker will be gunning for...

JAMES WALKER READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE

The 2009 World Series by Renault roars into action next weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. After running at the front of the pre-season test sessions, James Walker will be gunning for a strong start to his 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Championship campaign.

The 17-race season kicks off in Barcelona before moving to the much-loved Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium, just two weeks later. The series takes up it's traditional slot just before the F1 race in Monaco at the end of May, then travels to Budapest, before James returns to the UK for his home race at Silverstone. As a resident of Oxford, the Jersey-born racer will want a great result at Silverstone, not least to reward all the Jersey boys and girls who make the trip over each year to loudly support him. The series then heads to the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit, then the new Portimao track in the Algarve before reaching the Nurburgring, where James won in F3 a few years ago. For the season finale the series returns to Spain, to Motorland Aragon.

There are a few changes to look out for on the Formula Renault 3.5 cars this year. They have less downforce now as aerodynamic parts have been removed, in much the same way as in Formula One. This means that James will reach higher speeds on the straights; especially the very long pit straight at Barcelona, but his car will be more of a handful through the corners.

This will be James' first race with P1 Motorsport and he's excited about racing for his new team.

"I'm already very much at home at P1," said James. "I think that together we can achieve a great deal this year and that is a very exciting prospect. We're well aware that testing results don't count towards titles but if we can carry forward the momentum from testing into the races then we are in with a shot. I like the Catalunya track; it has a little bit of everything, including some fantastic high-speed corners and some tricky slow speed stuff. It's a great challenge and I can't wait to get stuck in."

James' racing season begins this Saturday afternoon with race two taking place on Sunday lunchtime.

-credit: jameswalkermotorsport.com

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Series Formula V8 3.5
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