15 August, 2011
Oldham's Alex Walker kept his championship campaign alive by scoring 5th, 4th and 3rd placed finishes at the weekend as the InterSteps Championship landed at Thruxton, Hampshire.
The 16-year-old started 5th on the grid for Saturday's Race 1 and made a good start to get up to P3 by the end of the first lap. He held position for the opening stages of the race but dropped back to eventually cross the line in 5th position after the 16 laps.
In Race 2 on Sunday, Fortec Motorsport's Walker started in P4 and raced consistently to collect more points for his championship by holding on to his spot.
Starting from P4 on the grid for Race 3, Walker picked up the pace and immediately got up to 3rd, and put pressure on the leaders. With the front two towing each other around the fast back section of the circuit, Walker was unable to maintain the gap but held position, pulling away with a 20-second gap between himself and P4 by the end of the race to notch up his 10th podium of the season.
"It wasn't my best weekend and we didn't come away with what we set out to get so it's a bit frustrating in that sense. But we scored more good points in each of the three races and ended the weekend with a podium, so it wasn't a disaster and the Fortec guys have done a great job all weekend as always.
"The track is very abrasive and the tyres would go off after only a couple of laps but we have studied the data and I have learned a few things which I can take with me to Brands.
"There are only six races left over the remaining two meetings this season so it's absolutely critical to be right at the sharp end and push with everything we have."
Rounds 15, 16 and 17 of the InterSteps Championship will be hosted by Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent for the penultimate meeting of the season on 28th and 29th August.