JAMES WALKER HAS A STRONG START IN SPAIN James Walker is in Spain this week gearing up for the new season of Formula Renault 3.5, the top category of the World Series by Renault. He has spent the last two days at Jerez with his new team, P1 ...
JAMES WALKER HAS A STRONG START IN SPAIN
James Walker is in Spain this week gearing up for the new season of Formula Renault 3.5, the top category of the World Series by Renault. He has spent the last two days at Jerez with his new team, P1 Motorsport, preparing for what could be his best year yet.
These test sessions are vital to James' preparations for a Championship-challenge in 2009. He has settled in quickly with P1 Motorsport and is working hard to make sure he is ready for anything when the lights go green in Barcelona for the first race in April.
During the morning of day one James ran in the top three during new tyre runs and then continued to put in consistently fast laps during longer runs later in the day. Since then he has concentrated on race set-up work, as he explains:
"We don't actually race at Jerez so we have taken the opportunity to work on balancing the car out on heavy fuel loads, rather than getting it set up for all-out qualifying runs. The 2009 new tyre allocation started yesterday so we are making sure we don't waste any tyres and have run on old rubber all day today. I'm very pleased with the progress we have made over the last two days; we have steadily worked through our test plan and we know exactly where we are with everything."
Joining a new team can be tricky but James has settled in straight away at P1 Motorsport and is enjoying driving the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 car.
"I feel very at home with the P1 guys," he said. "I've been to the workshop a few times and got to know everyone there. It's great to get the first test out of the way and it's good to know we are quick! The car has less downforce than last year, which actually makes it a bit less physical to drive. It feels great and I'm certainly feeling very positive about the season ahead."
The Jersey racer will now move onto Valencia, the host of the second official pre-season test session, which takes place this weekend. After that the last official test of the year will be held in Barcelona at the end of this month. As this is also the venue for the first race of the year James and P1 will be concentrating on finding the perfect set-up so that he can hit the ground running from race one.