POLE POSITION FOR WALKER! Donington Park, UK -- 8 September 2007: Jersey's James Walker will start tomorrow's World Series by Renault race at Donington Park from pole position after earning the top spot in ...
POLE POSITION FOR WALKER!
Donington Park, UK -- 8 September 2007: Jersey's James Walker will start tomorrow's World Series by Renault race at Donington Park from pole position after earning the top spot in today's action-packed race.
James had a difficult time in this morning's qualifying session and posted a time that put him back on the 12th row of the grid, but he showed great maturity by immediately focussing ahead to the race. He got a good start and gained a few positions on the first lap, avoiding all the usual World Series lap one dramas. He ran a clever race strategy, staying out on track as everyone else pitted, putting in consistently fast lap times and boosting his overall track position.
He eventually pitted from the lead on lap 18 and rejoined the race right up in 11th place. Just one lap later he was up into 10th and then out came the safety car. While the debris from an earlier accident was cleared James worked hard to keep the heat in his tyres so he was ready for the restart. When it came he held his position beautifully all the way to the flag, crossing the line in 10th place.
The World Series by Renault runs a reverse grid system which means that the top 10 finishers in race one have their positions reversed to form the grid for race two. As he finished 10th James will start tomorrow's race from pole position.
"I am over the moon with this result," said James. "It serves as compensation for the awful result this morning in qualifying. We made a few changes to the car after that which definitely helped. I got a mega start and managed to avoid all the trouble, in fact the only problem I had during the race was when I was behind the safety car trying to keep the heat in my tyres. I was weaving so much it made me feel queasy! Our plan to stay out late during the pit-stop period worked well and I'm delighted to get a top 10 finish and be on pole position for tomorrow."