TWO IN THE TOP TEN FOR WALKER AT BRANDS HATCH Jersey racing driver, James Walker, took two top ten finishes at Brands Hatch this weekend in round seven of Superleague Formula by Sonangol. A difficult qualifying session left James with a lot of...
TWO IN THE TOP TEN FOR WALKER AT BRANDS HATCH
Jersey racing driver, James Walker, took two top ten finishes at Brands Hatch this weekend in round seven of Superleague Formula by Sonangol. A difficult qualifying session left James with a lot of work to do in the Liverpool FC car but he kept his cool and delivered two good finishes at Brands Hatch's famous Grand Prix Circuit.
"We went the wrong way with the set-up for the qualifying session," said James, after finishing an uncharacteristic eighth in his group. "We went back the other way for the races today and the car was great but unfortunately a bad qualifying result leaves you on the back foot for the rest of the weekend."
James got a good start in race one this morning, passing four cars before the pit stop. A problem with the right rear tyre delayed him in the pits and he had to go back out and re-take two of the cars he had already passed. He took the chequered flag in 10th place and reported that the car shouldn't be changed at all for race two as it was handling just right.
Starting from eighth in race two, James had a tricky lap one as his tyre temperatures were a little low. He lost a couple of places and got stuck behind Chris van der Drift for a large part of the race. The Kiwi driver went on to have a big accident that caused the race to be red-flagged around ten minutes before the end. James crossed the line in 10th place.
"If we had had the car we had today for qualifying then this would have been a very different weekend," said James. "Nevertheless it has been great to race on the GP track at Brands and I think my Formula Ford experience really helped me to overtake during today's races. I feel like I haven't raced in the UK for ages so it was good to have the home support and to see a lot of faces that I haven't seen for a while."