WALKER CARRIES ON UP THE ORDER James Walker continued his rise through the Superleague Formula rankings with a strong drive to fourth place in the second of today's races at Jarama in Spain. The Jersey racer, driving the Liverpool FC car, now ...
WALKER CARRIES ON UP THE ORDER
James Walker continued his rise through the Superleague Formula rankings with a strong drive to fourth place in the second of today's races at Jarama in Spain. The Jersey racer, driving the Liverpool FC car, now sits in eighth position in the title chase. Brilliant progress after being way down in 18th after round one at Silverstone.
James had a good start from seventh on the grid in race one and was running well when he was unceremoniously hit from behind by Julien Jousse just a few laps in. The Frenchman's front wing cut James' right rear tyre, leaving him with a nasty puncture.
There was a very short gap between the races at Jarama - not much more than 10 minutes - so James was keen to make sure the flailing rubber didn't do any damage to the Liverpool FC car. He crawled back to the pits for a new tyre and rejoined the race. He ultimately finished in 16th, disappointed with the result but pleased to still have a healthy car for race two.
The positive side of finishing 16th in race one is lining up in third place on the grid for race two so James was ready to attack. Unfortunately Borja Garcia, the man on pole position, was caught napping when the lights went green and his side of the field, including James, could only watch as the other side flew past at the rolling start.
"I couldn't believe it at the start as you assume the guy in front is going to go when the race goes green," said James. "The start dropped me right back to around 10th place so I had to get my head down and go for it. I got stuck behind Narain Karthikeyan for a long time, until he pitted. After my pit stop I came out side-by-side with Craig Dolby in the Spurs car. He got the corner and then I used up all my push-to-pass to take him but it wasn't enough. I ended up in long queue of cars, all stuck behind Craig, as there is nowhere to pass at Jarama."
Fourth place in race two provided James with enough points to move two places up the standings but unfortunately he missed out on the Super Final by just one place. He'll be back next weekend to do it all again as the series moves straight on to the Nurburgring in Germany. It's one of James' best tracks so he can't wait for the action to begin on Saturday.
"It's disappointing to get a bad result in race one through no fault of my own," said James. "But we showed we can turn it around for race two. Nurburgring is next and I love racing there so I will be doing everything I can to make sure I take my place in the Super Final."