Monza: James Walker preview

Jersey, UK -- The 2008 World Series by Renault season finally gets underway next week after a long break of six months. Jersey's James Walker, a winner in his rookie year, has his sights set on a successful race at Monza to get his season off to a...

Jersey, UK -- The 2008 World Series by Renault season finally gets underway next week after a long break of six months. Jersey's James Walker, a winner in his rookie year, has his sights set on a successful race at Monza to get his season off to a flying start.

In addition to new race cars for 2008 there are new rules to take into account. The qualifying procedure has been revised with the introduction of a 'Superpole' session. After the regular qualifying sessions the 12 fastest drivers will take part in a 15-minute Superpole shootout. For the grid of race one the top eight Superpole runners will be reversed (so if you are quickest in Superpole you start race one from eighth on the grid) and the other four will fill positions nine to 12, with the rest following on behind in qualifying order. For the grid of race two the top eight spots are filled with the Superpole runners in the correct order (the fastest driver is on pole position) and the rest of the grid lines up in the order they finished race one. There is a lot to remember!

The recent three-day test in Barcelona will enable James to hit the ground running at Monza and he's looking forward to getting down to business.

"It was good to do such an extensive test at Barcelona," said James. "It has got us right back into the swing of things. We were able to iron out the problems with the new car and now we're heading to Monza with high hopes for a positive start to the season. Monza is an incredible track; it's fast and you have to be aggressive over the kerbs at the chicanes and fully committed through every turn. The average lap speed is the highest of all the circuits we go to, with top speeds reaching over 285 kph, so we certainly start the season at full throttle."

The World Series teams have a full day of testing at Monza on Thursday before going into free practice on Friday morning. Qualifying takes place on Friday evening with race one on Saturday and race two on Sunday morning.

-credit: jwalkermotorsport.com

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Series Formula V8 3.5
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