08 May, 2011
Teenage racing driver Alex Walker claimed his first car racing win in the InterSteps Championship's triple-header at the Snetterton 200 circuit this weekend. The 16-year-old from Oldham finished on the podium in all three races with a P1, P3 and P2 respectively, and winning only his third car race.
Walker qualified in P4 for all of the weekend's races and got off the line well as he slotted into 2nd at the first corner behind Fortec Motorsport team mate Ed Jones. By the end of lap 2 Walker had got past Jones and, despite a brief safety car period near the end of the race, held the lead to the flag, finishing just under half a second in front after 14 laps and setting the fastest lap of the race along the way.
In Race 2 Walker made a solid start and held his position just behind Jones, whom he overtook on lap 5. He closed down James Peace in the hunt for P2, eventually having to settle for 3rd, but again set the fastest lap of the race.
Again starting from 4th on the grid for Race 3 Walker snatched two places on the first lap and reeled in team mate Jake Dennis for the lead. As Walker got into Dennis' slipstream down the main straight on lap 2, he went to make a move under braking for the esses when the pair touched, damaging Walker's steering, which allowed Jones to inherit the lead. After 16 laps Walker crossed the line in P2, despite his handling problems which kept him from challenging for the win, although he managed to collect the most points overall in the three races.
"It's been a mega weekend and a big thank you to Fortec Motorsport whose cars won all three races this weekend.
"To get my first win is a great feeling and of course I'm really pleased. We experienced a few problems with the car in the tests here so we weren't entirely sure how strong we would be, but the whole team have done a perfect job all weekend. We had great pace and the car was awesome - the collision with Jake in the last race bent my steering though so it was difficult to drive for most of the race, and I had to nurse the car just to bring it home.
"We've closed down the gap to Jake (Dennis) in the championship now but I'm sure Rockingham will bring us new challenges so we must continue to work hard and keep focused but I'm already looking forward to it."
Walker now lies 2nd in the championship, just 8 points adrift of Dennis, ahead of the next meeting at Rockingham on 2nd-3rd July.