WIN NUMBER ONE FOR WALKER James Walker opened his 2009 World Series by Renault Championship account today with a fantastic win at Spa in front of almost 80,000 spectators. The Jersey-born racer dominated the qualifying session, taking...
WIN NUMBER ONE FOR WALKER
James Walker opened his 2009 World Series by Renault Championship account today with a fantastic win at Spa in front of almost 80,000 spectators. The Jersey-born racer dominated the qualifying session, taking the fastest time in his group which, as in Barcelona, turned out to be the fastest time overall.
Going into the Superpole session James was focussed on taking the top spot so he was hugely disappointed to be pipped to pole position by just two-hundredths of a second.
With the reverse grid system, James started race one from seventh place and was running well when a small mistake caused him to lock up his wheels at the hairpin and get stuck in the gravel.
James was determined to make up for Saturday's race this afternoon and really make the most of his starting position on the front row of the grid. He actually had an uncharacteristically bad start and dropped to fourth but this didn't stop him and he set off after local boy and pole position man, Bertrand Baguette, and the second and third placed men, Miguel Molina and Charles Pic.
With Molina and Pic were locked in their own private battle, James chose his moment and got past them both at Les Coombes and set off after Baguette.
The safety car came out at that point so James closed right up on the leader, ready to attack at the restart. Once back up to race pace James and Baguette were pulling away from the field but then James came in for his pit-stop. It was a great call as he rejoined on a clear track and banged in fastest lap after fastest lap. Once Baguette pitted James had made up so much time the Belgian returned to the track behind James, the new race leader!
James cruised away to the chequered flag and took his first win of what could well turn out to be a stunning season for the Jersey racer.
"After the disappointment of Barcelona this is where we get this championship started," said James. "It's a great feeling to go to the next race in Monaco as the latest winner. The team needed this result and so did I. Our speed has never been in question but now we have put it all together to produce a victory and it feels great."
The Monaco round of the World Series by Renault takes place in just three weeks' time on 24 May.