WALKER MOVES UP THE RANKINGS IN FRANCE James Walker took a leap up the Superleague Formula rankings this weekend after putting in top performances in each of today's three races at Magny Cours in France. The Jersey racer is now in tenth place...
WALKER MOVES UP THE RANKINGS IN FRANCE
James Walker took a leap up the Superleague Formula rankings this weekend after putting in top performances in each of today's three races at Magny Cours in France. The Jersey racer is now in tenth place in the championship and on target to move rapidly upwards from here.
The race weekend got off to a tricky start when James' Liverpool FC car had a small electrical fire during the practice session. It was soon fixed but this meant that James had little running on fresh rubber before the all-important qualifying sessions on Saturday morning. Even though he attacked it head on he just missed out on the quarter-finals and had to settle for a ninth place starting spot for race one.
The luck turned back in James' favour today and, combined with a lot of hard work, he achieved some great results. The team made a few changes to the car before race one so it was soon running like a dream. James' race pace and a slick pit stop meant that he got right up to sixth place before the chequered flag fell.
In race two he started from 13th place and made it up to eighth by the end. This time though the race wasn't quite so straightforward.
"To cut a very long story short there was a safety car period in the middle of the race so I pitted straight away," explained James. "There are four cars in the team and only two crews and everyone decided to pit at the same time. In the confusion someone else took my pit position. This was okay as I could stop further along but of course my tyres weren't there so we lost a few seconds while the guys ran and grabbed them!"
It all worked out in the end though and James finished eighth on the road. The combination of this and his sixth place in race one earned him a fifth place start in the final race: the 'Dash for Cash'.
James leapt up to fourth at the start and was immediately pitched into a battle with Julien Jousse. The Frenchman was on new tyres so eventually got past James but not without a fight. James bagged fifth place and another good haul of points to round off a good weekend.
"Overall it has been a good weekend and we need to make sure we score points at every event now," said James. "That's the only way we will claw our way back up the points table. Losing the time we did during practice had a knock-on effect through the weekend but we made the best of it and came out okay in the end."
James is on his way home now before travelling to Liverpool on Tuesday for the city's "Pageant of Power" which will see James driving the Superleague Liverpool FC car through the streets of Liverpool City Centre.