WALKER OFF TO A STRONG START AT MONZA Monza, Italy: James Walker's 2008 World Series by Renault season got off to a flying start today with a seventh place finish in the first of this weekend's two races at Monza in Italy. The Jersey driver...
WALKER OFF TO A STRONG START AT MONZA
Monza, Italy: James Walker's 2008 World Series by Renault season got off to a flying start today with a seventh place finish in the first of this weekend's two races at Monza in Italy.
The Jersey driver drew the short straw in qualifying and found himself in an incredibly strong group. The experience he gained last year has taught James to keep a clear head and maintain focus so, even though he started the race from 15th on the grid, he was determined to get a good haul of points in race one.
James got away well at the start and got stuck in at the first corner, going around the outside to overtake a few cars. There was a nail-biting moment when he thought he had broken his front wing so the Jersey driver got the Fortec boys to have a good look as he came past the pits at the end of lap one. All was well so James continued on his way.
He was soon up to 10th and made light work of catching and passing the cars in front to fight his way up to seventh. It was an aggressive drive from James and he enjoyed every minute of it. With ten laps to go he was chasing Borja Garcia but as the pair of them pulled away from the chasing pack, James was unable to pass as he had used up all the extra power from the 'push to pass' system. Nonetheless he was pleased to finish in the points in race one and can't wait to get stuck in again tomorrow.
"I'm happy to have a positive start to the season," said James. "I am determined to score points at every opportunity this year and I am especially pleased as this is one of our weaker circuits. Monza is always tough so you have to be aggressive here; to then get the job done is a great feeling. The team are all fired up for tomorrow now and I hope I can give them something to smile about again!"